Trigger Finger Release

Trigger Finger Release

Your surgeon will recommend conservative treatment options to treat trigger finger symptoms. Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the condition.

Conservative treatment options may include the following:

  • Treating any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the problem, such as diabetes or arthritis
  • Rest the hand for 2-4 weeks or more by avoiding repetitive gripping actions. Avoid activities that tend to bring on the symptoms.
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises with the affected finger may be suggested.
  • Occupational therapy may be recommended for massage, heat, ice and exercises to improve the finger.
  • Ice over the affected finger may help the symptoms. Apply ice over a towel for 5-15 min, 3-4 times daily.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Steroid injections into the affected finger may help reduce the inflammation.

If conservative treatment options fail to resolve the condition and symptoms persist for 6 months or more and your quality of life is adversely affected, your surgeon may recommend a surgical procedure to release the tendon.

Percutaneous trigger finger release surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthesia. Your surgeon makes one small incision to the affected finger area, about an inch long, and releases the tight portion of the flexor tendon sheath.

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