Trigger finger or thumb is a painful condition that causes the fingers or thumb to catch or lock while bent. It is a common condition regularly attended to by Mr Kode.
Tendons of the hand glide in lubricated sheaths, held up against the bone by a series of pulleys like the eyes of a fishing rod. If a pulley is too tight, the tension is massaged through repetitive use into a swelling which becomes stuck when the finger is bent.
The condition may be caused by a congenital defect and is seen in babies’ thumbs most often. People with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout or Diabetes may also be prone to the condition. Early symptoms include pain at the base of the finger or thumb, progressing to a painful clicking on flexing and extending the affected digit, which worsens with inactivity. Even vigorous manipulation may not unlock it. Joint stiffness can eventually occur.
During Trigger Finger Surgery, Mr Kode will make a small incision in the palm and cut the tendon sheath so that when it heals, it is looser, allowing the tendon to slide through it more freely.
The procedure usually just requires local anaesthesia and can be done in day surgery. You will be able to move your fingers following surgery and you may experience some pain in your palms. It may take up to six months for swelling and stiffness to subside completely.