Trigger finger is one of the most common afflictions of the hand. It is an inflammation of the tendons that flex the fingers. It is commonly thought to be an arthritic problem but it is not. Individual fingers can be involved but multiple finger involvement is not unusual. Its cause is unknown although it is more common as we age and in diabetics.
Usually consist of popping or clicking of the fingers with pain and difficulty bending the fingers. It is usually worse in the morning and often will improve as the day goes on.
Includes multiple cortisone shots and splinting but often requires surgery to fully correct the problem. Surgery is a minor outpatient procedure generally performed under a local anesthetic with some IV sedation. Results have generally been good with minimal complications including stiffness requiring Physical Therapy, infection and temporary nerve numbness causing some numbness in the finger.