Trigger Finger Surgery for Patients from DeKalb, IL & Surrounding Areas
Trigger finger surgery may be recommended to treat a painful condition known as stenosing tenosynovitis. Normally, a tendon allows each finger to bend and move freely. These tendons are held against the finger bones by a series of pulleys, similar to the way a line is attached to a fishing rod. If a pulley becomes inflamed and thickened, a tendon may be unable to glide smoothly through it. This can cause the finger to feel as though it is “locked” in a bent position, then suddenly “snap” when straightened. Individuals who are experiencing trigger finger symptoms can receive expert treatment, including both conservative and surgical options, from the fellowship-trained surgeons and hand specialists at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in the DeKalb, IL, area.
While trigger finger can sometimes accompany other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes, its exact causes remain unclear. In some individuals, the symptoms progress gradually as a result of repetitive, forceful finger movements. The first sign is often vague tenderness felt at the base of an affected finger.
The goals of trigger finger treatment are to alleviate discomfort and restore a full range of motion. Typically, the experienced hand specialists at MOI near DeKalb, IL, will recommend one or more conservative therapies before advising a patient to consider trigger finger surgery. For instance, many patients are able to adequately achieve relief with:
- Activity modification (to avoid movements that cause or worsen symptoms)
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Night splints
- Steroid injections
If the symptoms persist despite non-surgical treatment, trigger finger surgery may be performed to widen the inflamed pulley so that the tendon can glide through it more freely. After surgery, most patients are able to quickly resume their regular, active hand use (as comfort permits). To assist in the recovery process, a certified hand therapist at MOI can work with a patient’s surgeon to develop an individualized hand therapy program.
Contact Midwest Orthopaedic Institute to learn more about trigger finger surgery and other treatment options, or to schedule a consultation with a hand specialist at our office near DeKalb, IL.