If you experience pain, popping or catching when attempting to flex your fingers or thumb you may have a trigger finger. Occasionally, the finger becomes stuck in the flexed position making it difficult to straighten. Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith C. Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen have extensive training and experience in the treatment of trigger fingers. To schedule your personal consultation, please call Neaman Plastic Surgery at 844-338-5445; left untreated, the joints of the fingers may become stuck in the flexed position
Tendons are long structures in the forearm to bones and joints in the hand. The tendons pass under pulleys positions along the fingers. In order to allow the tendon to pass under the tendons easily there are covered with a slick lining. If this lining becomes inflamed or a nodule develops on the tendon, the tendon is unable to pass under the pulley causing the tendon to become stuck. This leads to increased inflammation resulting in pain, swelling and catching of the tendon with motion.
Treatment of a trigger finger usually begins with anti-inflammatory medications and/or a steroid injection around the flexor tendons to help decrease inflammation around the tendon.
If the symptoms do not improve with non-surgical options, surgery may be recommended. In a majority of cases surgery is performed in the office under local anesthesia. The first tunnel that is restricting tendon motion is opened allowing the tendon to glide more easily. Motion is begun immediately after surgery and return to full activity is permitted within 7 – 10 days.
To learn more about non-operative and surgical treatment for a trigger finger, please contact Neaman Plastic Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.