Trigger Finger Care
Developing trigger finger means more than dealing with pain and stiffness—finger problems can also affect your livelihood. That's why our nationally recognized hand surgeons offer the full range of trigger finger treatments, including one that isn't available anywhere else in the world. Patients across Los Angeles and Southern California rely on our trigger finger doctors, surgeons, and specialists for their proven expertise.
What Is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger happens when one of your fingers (or thumb) gets stuck in a bent position. The finger can look like it's curved into a "C" shape. It can also snap back straight again.
Inflammation around the finger's tendon causes the condition. Trigger finger can heal on its own, but more severe cases may need surgery.
How Do You Treat Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger treatment without surgery includes:
- Rest and medications to reduce swelling
- Steroid injections
- Splinting or "buddy taping" the affected finger to the next finger
If nonsurgical trigger finger treatments don't work, we may recommend trigger finger surgery. These procedures are relatively simple and don't require hospitalization.
New Endoscopic Surgery for Trigger Finger
One of our hand specialists invented an innovative technique to treat trigger finger with less pain and scarring.
Traditionally, surgeons make an incision in your palm to access the affected tendon. Because the hand is sensitive, incisions can be painful and often scar.
Using a new device, our hand specialists make a tiny incision to access and release the affected tendon. We are the first hospital in the world to offer this procedure.
Trigger Finger Surgery Recovery
Your hand surgeon may recommend physical and occupational therapy with a trained hand therapist. Our hand therapists are just down the hall from your hand surgeon.
This location makes appointments more convenient for you. It also makes it easier for your care team to collaborate and quickly adjust your treatment plan if needed.
Hand therapy may include:
- Heat and massage therapy
- Splinting, traction or special wrappings to control swelling
- Electrical nerve stimulation