Your fingers and thumbs are controlled by long tendons that run from your forearms, through your wrists, and to your fingers. An orthopedic condition known as trigger finger or trigger thumb happens when one of these tendons becomes irritated over and over again. As a result, your finger can temporarily lock when you try to straighten it.
Along with a locked finger or thumb, you can experience swelling, pain, and a lump in the palm of your hand. If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, an orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health Central California can help.
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Expert Trigger Finger Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
Many cases of trigger finger or thumb occur without any known reason. Doctors do know that certain factors can increase your risk, such as being female or between the ages of 40 and 60.
Continuous gripping or straining of your hand also is a trigger finger cause. Medical conditions, including gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes can lead to symptoms of trigger finger.
Your doctor will recommend treatment based on your condition. For mild cases, rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, and a trigger finger splint often help reduce symptoms. Corticosteroid injections are the next step if your trigger finger does not get better with splinting and medication. Trigger finger surgery is an option if the injections do not help your condition.
For expert care, meet with an orthopedic expert at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors provide care for trigger finger and trigger thumb in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.