Trigger Finger Specialist Clinic
Are you frustrated with your Trigger Finger that is not getting better? Are you experiencing Fingers discomfort, unable to straighten and bend your fingers freely? You are in the right place! We certainly able to help with our innovative and non-invasive (non-surgical) form of treatment. Cure your Trigger Finger today. Call us at (65) 64712744 to schedule for an appointment
What are the causes of Trigger Finger?
The exact cause of trigger finger or thumb is not readily evident. In many cases, the condition may be the result of repetitive strain of the area due to work or hobby activities. Tasks that require monotonous grasping or prolonged use of tools for example scissors, screwdrivers, etc. which press firmly on the tendon sheath at the base of the finger or thumb may irritate the tendons and result in thickening of the tendons themselves or the tendon sheath. Trigger finger may also be associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout or metabolic disorders such as diabetes that produce changes in the connective tissues and synovium.
Why is it called a trigger finger?
The name trigger finger is from the symptom of triggering or snapping. This occurs when relaxing a fist, the affected trigger finger remains flexed. When enough force has been gathered, the trigger finger will suddenly extend, like pulling a trigger.
What are the treatments for Trigger Finger?
Conservative non-surgical treatment involves avoiding or modifying the activities that have caused the inflammation. Oral anti-inflammatory medications are used to reduce the inflammation or discomfort. An Injection may be administered directly into the tendon sheath to reduce the soft tissue swelling. In the event when it does not respond to conservative treatment, surgery may be recommended. Surgery is performed where a horizontal incision is made in the palm at the base of the affected finger or thumb. The surgeon will release the first annular band, relieving the constriction of the tendon as it passes through the sheath.
Is surgery necessary to treat trigger finger?
If the problem does not resolve, a surgery to release the tendon may be necessary. This procedure is a same day surgery that can be done under local anesthetic or regional nerve block. A small (less than 2 cm) incision is made in the skin, and the tight portion of the flexor tendon sheath is released.
Following the procedure, a sterile bandage is applied to the site of surgery. This bandage is removed after a few days, and full use of the finger may then begin. Activity of the finger is encouraged as this will help prevent new adhesions (scar) from forming where the surgery was performed. Full recovery is expected for surgery.
What are the possible complications of a trigger finger release?
Trigger finger surgery is very safe, but there are possible complications. The most common problem is that the trigger finger can come back if the tendon sheath is not adequately released. Other possible problems include infection, stiffness of the finger, and damage to the nerves of the finger. The likelihood of these problems is very small, and trigger finger surgery has a very high success rate.
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