Gerald M. Vernon, DO, DC, CAQPM, RMSK is one of only 3-4 physicians in the state of New Jersey certified to perform this procedure. Dr. Vernon has over 15 years of experience performing ultrasound-guided, minimally invasive procedures and is board certified in ultrasound medicine as well as interventional pain procedures of the joints and spine.
Now you can get rapid relief from trigger finger pain, recover quickly, and get back to all the things you want – and need – to do.
Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Your finger may bend or straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released.
Trigger finger is also known as stenosing tenosynovitis (stuh-NO-sing ten-o-sin-o-VIE-tis). It occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.
Signs and symptoms of trigger finger may progress from mild to severe and include:
Trigger finger can affect any finger, including the thumb. More than one finger may be affected at a time, and both hands might be involved. Triggering is usually more pronounced in the morning, while firmly grasping an object or when straightening your finger.
Tendons are fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. Each tendon is surrounded by a protective sheath. Trigger finger occurs when the affected finger’s tendon sheath becomes irritated and inflamed. This interferes with the normal gliding motion of the tendon through the sheath.
Prolonged irritation of the tendon sheath can produce scarring, thickening, and the formation of bumps (nodules) in the tendon that impede the tendon’s motion even more.
Trigger finger treatment varies depending on its severity and duration.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve) — may relieve the pain but are unlikely to relieve the swelling constricting the tendon sheath or trapping the tendon.
Conservative noninvasive treatments may include: