Trigger Finger Syndrome

Find out more about trigger finger sydrome and how Torrance Pain Institute can help you manage your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

Trigger finger is a condition where the ring finger and the thumb may be stuck in a bent position. It’s similar to the motion when one pulls the trigger on a gun. 

What is a trigger finger?

Trigger finger syndrome, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, refers to the condition when a finger appears to get stuck in a bent position. Inflammation on the finger’s tendon narrows space in the area, causing the finger to bend. The condition also applies when the finger’s movement appears to bend and “snap,” giving a popping sensation to the hand. 

What causes the trigger finger syndrome?

The condition typically targets at-risk people who have occupations or hobbies that involve strenuous hand motions. The repetitive grasping and gripping, as well as forceful use of the hands and fingers, can cause the issue. Farmers, industrial workers, and musicians are some of the most affected demographics. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout may also be common culprits that cause trigger finger and trigger thumb. Women and people with diabetes are also at risk of developing this problem.

What are the symptoms of the syndrome? 

The signs and symptoms of trigger finger can depend on the advancement of the condition in a person.

  • Finger stiffness: being unable to move that specific finger, especially during the mornings quickly
  • Popping or clicking sensations: this happens during finger movement, including the thumb.
  • Soreness: localized in the base of the finger, or on the thumb. This symptom usually occurs during grasping. It can also progress to pain and swelling.
  • “Locking” of the fingers in a bent position: this means that it’s difficult or not possible for the hand to extend the finger by itself, and will need the help of the other hands

What is the treatment for trigger finger?

A trigger finger injection can help relieve the symptoms of trigger finger. This intra-articular injection allows the swelling to alleviate, giving the finger flexion and extension back. Contact Torrance Pain Institute to learn about trigger finger injection in Torrance.