Many people who work a lot with their hands will often experience joint discomfort in their fingers and thumbs. While some pain is caused by normal wear and tear on your hands, you may have trigger finger/thumb if you experience the following symptoms in your fingers or thumbs:
- Clicks during movement
- Bump in the palm at the base of your trigger finger/thumb
- Digit is stuck in a bent position
- Finger/thumb gets stuck and suddenly pops straight
Trigger finger or trigger thumb is caused by the thickening in the tendons in the hand due to scarring. It is an extremely uncomfortable condition that can get worse over time. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with trigger finger/thumb, please visit the Hand and Shoulder Center in Savannah, Georgia, to discuss your treatment options.
For every diagnosis at the Hand and Shoulder Center, we take our time getting to know the individual who is experiencing discomfort and pain in their hands. The patient’s medical history and a quick physical exam will allow us to determine if their symptoms are due to trigger finger or trigger thumb.
Many treatment options for trigger finger/thumb can be taken care of in our office. We always begin with more conservative and non-invasive treatments before suggesting surgery for any orthopedic condition. Non-invasive treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Therapy (rest, stretching exercises, splint)
- Steroid injection
- Percutaneous release
If conservative treatments don’t alleviate symptoms and restore desired dexterity to the hand, we may refer you to a hospital for surgical treatment. Trigger finger/thumb surgery is done under anesthesia and involves the surgeon working through a small incision at the base of the affected digit.
At the Hand and Shoulder Center in Savannah, Georgia, we are experts in the treatment of trigger finger/thumb. We have a discussion with each patient to prioritize their goals in order to come up with a treatment plan for personalized care. If you’re experiencing stiffness or locking in your fingers or thumbs, schedule an appointment with the Hand and Shoulder Center today.