Trigger Finger Surgery

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Trigger finger surgery is one option for treating trigger finger, the painful malady that results from repetitive strain on the hand, wrist, and fingers. Trigger finger occurs when tendons deteriorate and swell, thereby getting stuck in the joint tunnel. This process leads to painful catching and clicking, which are often the first signs of disorder.

In its most severe form, trigger finger can be quite debilitating. Although not life threatening, the pain and discomfort of the condition can result in significant impairment. Indeed, many people find that they are unable to perform routine tasks and that simple actions such as pointing and grasping are exceedingly painful. At its worst, trigger finger may cause fingers to lock into a permanently curled position against the palm.

As with most conditions, there is a wide variety of treatment options available. Trigger finger surgery remains the most invasive intervention and should always be approached with caution. Because trigger finger is not dangerous or life threatening, there are no specific situations in which surgery is clearly required. Rather, the choice is entirely personal and should be made based on careful education about the risks and benefits involved. Trigger finger surgery does not offer a guaranteed cure and, even in the best cases, patients can expect months to full recovery.

If you are considering surgery for trigger finger, it makes sense to consult with an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist. Often these professionals will recommend hand exercises as a safe, effective alternative to surgery. The exercise program developed by Balance Systems, Inc. targets muscle balance in the hand and wrist and has been shown to alleviate symptoms in up to 90 percent of cases. For more information on this safe alternative to surgery for trigger finger, visit www.repetitive-strain.com.

 


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