Though it may not be as well known or widely discussed as carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis (more commonly referred to as trigger finger) is one of the most common repetitive motion and strain related hand injuries. Symptoms range from pain to mobility problems, and in some cases, patients may be unable to extend or fully straighten the finger.
What Causes Trigger Finger?
Inflammation of the tendon and the tunnel that surrounds it can lead to tenosynovitis. It can result from repetitive and repeated gripping motions over time, or result from underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. However, many people also develop trigger finger from unknown causes.
A Few Facts About Trigger Finger
- It is possible to experience symptoms in multiple fingers at a time. Trigger finger typically affects the pinky, ring finger, and thumb. Trigger finger is most common in the right hand (not surprising – as many as 70 to 95 percent of people are reportedly right handed!)
- The condition is most common in women over the age of 40.
- Some cases of trigger finger may resolve on their own through conservative treatments like
rest and the use of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen.
- The affected finger can lock in place when bent, and may require being pulled straight.
- Two out of every hundred healthy people can develop trigger finger at any time without
Trigger Finger Treatment in Phoenix
The EndoTech® Endoscopic Trigger Finger Release is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive surgical system developed by Phoenix-based hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice. Available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, the system uses a very small incision and enhanced imagining and visualization techniques in order to allow Dr. Fitzmaurice to localize the affected tendon with minimal impact. The enlarged tissue over the tendon is divided in order to alleviate the symptoms, and resume movement of the affected finger, all while protecting the nerve and tendon from surgery related injury. The EndoTech® Endoscopic Trigger Finger Release system is so successful that many patients do not require prescription pain medications after surgery.
Contact the Leading Trigger Finger Expert in Phoenix Today!
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix is a national expert in minimally invasive treatment for Trigger finger and peripheral nerve injuries of the hands and upper extremities. Call (480) 526-5106 today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for trigger thumb treatment.
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