About Trigger Finger Syndrome

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Trigger Finger Syndrome?

Trigger Finger Syndrome is a painful condition that causes your fingers or thumb to catch or lock when you bend them. The condition is also known as “stenosing tenosynovitis.” The ring finger and thumb are most often affected by trigger finger, but it can occur in the other fingers, as well.

Common Causes:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • People whose regular activities strain their hands

Symptoms of Trigger Finger may include:

  • Snapping sound when the finger is straightened
  • Finger becomes stuck in a bent position
  • Stiffness
  • Popping or clicking sensation, and tenderness in the affected finger.
  • Triggering is usually worse in the morning.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Hand Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing Trigger Finger, our experts will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays ( to rule out a fracture)

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat most cases of a Trigger Finger. A customized treatment plan usually includes a combination of the following:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

An OPA approved hand therapist can help you maintain your motion and function.


Splinting designed to stabilize your finger.

Surgery may be recommended to treat a severe Trigger Finger. There are two types of procedures that can be performed depending on the severity;

Percutaneous Surgery release: instead of making an incision in your palm a needle is used to break apart the blockage in the tendon sheath.

Open Surgery for Trigger Finger or Thumb: A small incision is made to open up the hand to widen the tendon sheath. Hand therapy is usually started 2-4 weeks after surgery. Both procedures reduce symptoms, straighten the fingers, and improve hand function.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Hand Specialists are experts in treating trigger finger.

If you are in pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at our location in Anchorage.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Hand & Wrist Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Christopher Manion, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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