Trigger finger surgery

November 12, 2012

Trigger finger surgery

Trigger finger is a repetitive strain condition that affects the hands and fingers. Fortunately there is a number of treatments available including for the more severe cases trigger finger surgery.

Overview

Trigger finger refers to the condition in which pain is felt in the hand, wrist of fingers due to repetitive strain that has been put on these areas. Because of the excessive movement of the joints, the tendons become swollen or inflamed and begin to deteriorate. This leads to them getting stuck in the joint tunnel leading to a feeling of stiffness. The kinds of symptoms experienced include catching and clicking, which can be very painful. This condition can affect people to varying extents but in the more severe cases it can be debilitating and have quite a dramatic affect on every day routine. Trigger finger is in no way life threatening but the considerable pain and discomfort that it causes can cause to disruption to the sufferers life. Simple actions that people are required to carry out a daily basis such as grasping items or pointing a finger will slowly become more and more painful. In some cases it can even lead to the finger becoming locked into position with the fingers permanently curled into the hand.

Treatments including trigger finger surgery

There are a number of treatments available that can be used to effectively treat trigger finger. Trigger finger surgery should be considered one of the last options if nothing else works because it is an invasive surgery, which as with all surgeries poses the risk of complications. As trigger finger is not a life threatening condition, a doctor will normally leave it up to the decision of the individual as to whether or not they want to opt for trigger finger surgery. There are no specific guidelines or requirements that specify when someone with the condition qualifies for trigger finger surgery. Additionally before deciding on the surgery the patient must be fully aware of all of the potential risk involved versus the potential benefits. Furthermore even after trigger finger surgery there is no guarantee that the patient will be completely cured and recovery time can be as long as several months.

Those considering trigger finger surgery should be sure to speak to and take advice from a physical therapist or orthopaedic surgeon, as these are the people who have the most experience and are most knowledgeable about the expected results of the surgery. They may also be able to recommend alternative treatments such as hand exercises, which may provide enough relief of the symptoms without surgery.

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