Trigger Finger Syndrome

OPA treats a wide variety of upper extremity conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

What is Trigger Finger Syndrome?

Trigger Finger Syndrome is a painful condition that causes your fingers or thumb to catch or lock when you bend them. The condition is also known as “stenosing tenosynovitis.” The ring finger and thumb are most often affected by the trigger finger, but it can occur in the other fingers, as well.

Common Causes:

    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis
    • People whose regular activities strain their hands

Symptoms of Trigger Finger may include:

  • Snapping sound when the finger is straightened
  • Finger becomes stuck in a bent position
  • Stiffness
  • Popping or clicking sensation, and tenderness in the affected finger.
  • Triggering is usually worse in the morning.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Hand Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing Trigger Finger, our experts will provide:

      • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
      • A physical examination
      • Multiple view x-rays ( to rule out a fracture)

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat most cases of a Trigger Finger. A customized treatment plan usually includes a combination of the following:

A removable wrist brace is worn during the day while using the wrist and hand and at night while sleeping.

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy
An OPA approved hand therapist can help you maintain your motion and function

Schedule Appointment with Our Hand | Wrist | Elbow Team


The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs) and total joint replacement.

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