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Trigger Finger Treatment

Expert surgeons carry out trigger finger treatment as day case surgery in our London clinics. Latest advanced treatments for rapid relief.

What is trigger finger?

Stenosing tenosynovitis (trigger finger) is a condition that affects causes pain and stiffness in the fingers. It most commonly affects the ring finger and thumb, which can appear to get stuck in a bent position. It can also affect other fingers and can also lock other fingers in place.

It look like you’re about to grip a coffee cup or squeeze a trigger.

Who gets trigger finger or trigger thumb?

Trigger fingers are more common in people who perform demanding work or perform repetitive motions. Musicians, farmers, and industrial workers are more likely to have trigger fingers or thumbs. Even hobbies that demand a lot of clutching can cause your fingers to lock up.

It’s more likely to affect you if you are between 40 and 60 have gout, osteoarthritis, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of trigger finger

Do you think you’ve got a trigger finger? The following notes list the more common signs and symptoms of trigger finger. One or more of these may look familiar to you.

  • When you move your finger(s) or thumb, you may hear a popping or snapping sound.
  • The palm of your hand will get sore, swell, or become sensitive. You’ll feel it at the base of your finger or thumb when you grip something.
  • There will be some discomfort when you bend your finger because it’s stiff. It doesn’t happen often, but your fingers could lock up while flexing them, and you’ll need assistance straightening them out.
  • Sometimes you won’t be able to stretch out the finger fully.

The stiff feeling is worse in the mornings, but the good news is it gets better during the day the more you use your hand.

What causes trigger finger?

The simple answer is one of the tendons that run along with your fingers and thumbs becomes inflamed. The swelling makes it harder for the damaged tendon to pass through its membrane (tendon sheath), resulting in trigger finger pain and stiffness. The tendon can then become trapped, causing the affected finger or thumb to become stuck in a bent posture.

Trigger finger, arthritis, or carpal tunnel?

The doctor will make the determination, but there are ways you can tell the difference between carpal tunnel, arthritis, or trigger finger.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist, forearm, and a few fingers in addition to your hands. The discomfort, numbness, and weakness you feel will worsen over time.
  • Arthritis affects the joints, so you may notice the fingers are swollen and stiff where the fingers bend
  • Trigger finger is a condition that affects one of the fingers or the thumb, locking the joint in an uncomfortable position and making even simple movements difficult.

Your doctor will examine your hand by opening and closing it, evaluating any areas of pain, and looking for any evidence of locking. Your doctor will study the detailed movements and restrictions to movement in your fingers and thumb. Imaging (tests) are usually not required to confirm the initial diagnosis of a trigger finger.

Trigger finger treatment options

What can I do at home to relieve trigger finger?

Doctors and physical therapists may recommend simple exercises that help stretch the fingers and alleviate pain and stiffness.

Non-surgical options

Depending on the severity of your issue, trigger finger treatment might range from rest to surgery. Treat trigger fingers without surgery by resting your hands, wearing a splint at night, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and a steroid injection.

Trigger finger surgery

The trigger finger release process is pain-free and fast. It is also highly effective.

You’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the region, but you are not required to remain overnight. A local anaesthetic will most likely numb the area. The surgeon will cut the tendon sheath and release it through a tiny incision in the palm. The idea is to allow the tendon to move more freely.

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How long does treatment take?

30-45 minutes

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When can I go back to work

Same day

Trigger Finger Treatment Costs

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Consultation

The cost of consultation with our doctors is £50. This is redeemable against the cost of treatment carried out on the same day. Prices are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined you in person.

Please call 0207 386 0464 OR email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk for help. You can also send a photo, using the form below or via email.

How Do I Book an Appointment?

Our medical advisors would be happy to make an appointment for you to discuss your trigger finger treatment:

The consultation fee is payable on booking. We have a 48-hour cancellation policy.

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When should I seek proper treatment?

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If your finger joint is heated and inflamed, seek medical attention as soon as possible. These symptoms could signal an infection.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have pain in the joints of your finger, experience numbness, joint stiffness, or tightness, or if it’s impossible to bend or straighten your finger.

What treatment can I get on the NHS?

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NHS treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and how long you’ve had them. The initial recommendations include over the counter painkillers to deal with the discomfort. The NHS may offer a split or a strap to stop the finger moving. They may also offer injections.

Surgery is not widely available and tends to be reserved for those with very severe symptoms. It is subject to long waiting lists and availability will vary by area (postcode).

The NHS website states “In most cases, trigger finger is a nuisance rather than a serious condition.”

However, it also recognises “Surgery for trigger finger is effective and it’s rare for the problem to return in the treated finger or thumb.”

Many patients do seek private treatment to deal with trigger finger.

Can I drive after trigger finger treatment?

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You can start driving again as soon as you feel it’s safe for you to drive, which is usually after 3 to 5 days.

How soon can I use a pen after trigger finger treatment?

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You may be able to write immediately, which can be very exciting if you’ve struggled due to trigger finger. It is perfectly safe to try and write, but be careful and sensible not to overstrain during the early stages of recovery.

What aftercare should I expect after trigger finger surgery?

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Your finger and hand may be uncomfortable and swollen at first. Moving your finger may be difficult, but this improves over time. You must avoid heavy lifting and anything that may strain your fingers, but gentle movement is to be encouraged.

Don’t worry too much if you have some numbness or tingling near the incision. This sensation will most likely improve in a week or so, although in some cases, it can take longer. The doctor should remove the stitches after about a week or two after surgery.

Trigger finger treatment clinics near you

Trigger finger treatment clinics in London

Harley Street

41 Harley St
Marylebone
London
W1G 8QH

0207 386 0464
Putney

4 Disraeli Road
Putney
London
SW15 2DS

0207 386 0464

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