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Trigger Finger Specialist

Central Jersey Hand Surgery

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeons located in Eatontown, Freehold, & Toms River, NJ

If you have stiff or painful fingers that pop when you move them or get stuck in a bent position, you may have trigger finger. The team of expert orthopedic surgeons at Central Jersey Hand Surgery in Eatontown, and Toms River, New Jersey, diagnoses trigger finger and offers state-of-the-art treatments to release your finger and resolve your symptoms. Call Central Jersey Hand Surgery or make an appointment online today for customized care for trigger finger.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger is an uncomfortable condition that can cause one or more of your fingers to get stuck in a bent position. Clinically known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger develops when the sheath that surrounds the tendon in your finger becomes inflamed. Over time, you develop symptoms such as:


  • Stiff and painful finger
  • Popping or clicking sounds when you move your finger
  • A tender bump where your affected finger joins your palm
  • Finger gets stuck in a bent position but pops straight
  • Finger gets stuck in a bent position and you can’t move it

You can get trigger finger in any of your fingers or your thumbs. Your symptoms might be worse in the morning. The condition is quite painful and disrupts your dexterity and quality of life. 

If you have trigger finger symptoms, make an appointment at Central Jersey Hand Surgery right away. Starting treatment in the early stages of the condition can help you get back to your regular activities and avoid surgery. 

What causes trigger finger?

Trigger finger is caused by inflammation in the tendons in your fingers and hands. It’s usually due to repetitive gripping motions or prolonged gripping. 

Your risk of developing trigger finger increases if you have a health condition like rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. Trigger finger is also associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

How is trigger finger treated?

The team at Central Jersey Hand Surgery begins treatment with conservative therapies such as rest, activity modification, and cortisone injection. They may also try splinting or physical therapy to loosen your tendon.  

However, if noninvasive treatments don’t effectively release your trigger finger, the team offers surgical release procedures. Traditional trigger finger surgery involves opening the flexor tunnel to allow your tendon to move freely. The doctors provide a local anesthetic and the treatment takes less than 15 minutes. The surgery should give immediate relief of pain. 

Additionally, the doctors offer a cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgery to release trigger finger. Using a specially designed knife, they release the tendon percutaneously through a small incision. The percutaneous trigger release procedure takes five minutes and can be performed with a local anesthetic. 

Call Central Jersey Hand Surgery or make an appointment online today for expert treatment for trigger finger.