Trigger finger or stenosing tenosynovitis is a condition in which the finger locks or triggers when it is flexed and extended. The condition happens when the tendon is too large for the pulley that it glides through. The tendon becomes irritated and swollen and must squeeze through the pulley and the sheath that covers the tendon. This causes the pain and discomfort in the hand.
Discomfort in the hand at the palm and finger and a finger that appears to “lock” or have a “trigger effect” are the main symptoms of Trigger Finger.
- Splinting the finger
- Medications to reduce swelling
- Steroid injections
Surgical intervention and a hand therapy program may be needed to ensure a full recovery.
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After graduating from Loma Linda School of Medicine Dr. Unsell spent more than a decade serving at Loma Linda in several positions including the Assistant Professor of Orthopedics as well as the Assistant director of the Hand Fellowship Program. He has been involved with the training of 35 hand fellows, 15 of which now hold academic teaching positions.