Trigger Finger Surgery

Voted Best of Hall County in 2023, Specialty Orthopaedics specializes in the treatment of all orthopaedic conditions. Trigger finger, or trigger thumb, are common hand issues, and Specialty Orthopaedics is here to help!

Named after its characteristic motion of snapping or popping back into place from a locked position, trigger finger can greatly impact your mobility, often causing pain and discomfort.

If you are experiencing tenderness or stiffness caused by trigger finger, we can help. We offer a wide range of both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help you find relief. Let our team help determine the best treatment plan to match your needs.

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger, officially known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition that affects the tendons in the finger and the thumb, causing them to catch or lock in a particular position when bent. Typically, the tendons in your hand glide smoothly through a protective sheath, allowing your fingers to bend and straighten without issues. Trigger finger occurs when those tendons become inflamed or thickened, resulting in restricted movement of the fingers. Trigger finger and trigger thumb generally refer to the same condition, however, trigger thumb is specifically isolated to the thumb.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb

Some of the most common symptoms we see include:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Popping or Clicking
  • Tenderness
  • Restricted Mobility

Treatment Options

Discomfort and pain from trigger finger can range from mild to severe. Our experts can assess the severity of your condition, make a diagnosis, and determine the most successful treatment plan going forward.  Some of those treatment options may include:

  • Anti-Inflammatories – Over the counter NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, may help in treating trigger finger by reducing pain and inflammation.
  • Splinting – Utilizing a splint, immobilizing the affected digit can often provide relief and rest for the affected tendon.
  • Physical Therapy – In some cases, exercises and stretches may be prescribed to help improve mobility and strength.
  • Injections – Corticosteroid injections are often injected into the tendon sheath to help reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms.
  • Surgery: While splinting, injections, and anti-inflammatories may provide short term relief and benefits, surgery is often needed to correct the condition altogether. Often called trigger finger release, these procedures are quick to perform and extremely effective.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one struggle with this painful condition , Specialty Orthopaedics can help. With three convenient locations in Gainesville, Braselton and Dawsonville, relief is right around the corner. Contact our team today to learn more!