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Trigger Finger in Houston, TX

Dr. Joseph Perlman offers trigger finger treatment to patients throughout Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, Baytown, and the surrounding areas.

What Is Trigger Finger?

When the tendons of your index finger become inflamed, you may experience a locking or mild snapping sensation at the joint of your finger. This condition, known most commonly as trigger finger, impairs your ability to use your finger and may cause you to limit your activities to avoid the discomfort. The locking sensation is caused by an inflamed tendon. When you bend your finger, the tendon tries to squeeze through a tight covering and eventually snaps through the covering.

How Do I Know If I Have Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is most often caused by certain activities that require you to repeatedly bend your finger. The condition, however, may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes. Women experience trigger finger more often than men and the condition is most common in adults between the ages of 40 to 60 years of age. When you first develop trigger finger, you notice a mild discomfort at the base of your finger. The next indication is a popping or snapping sound when you bend the finger, which typically happens after you have not used your finger for a period of time. The popping or snapping may disappear once you use your finger over time but then return after not using the finger. The finger may also become locked, leaving you unable to move your finger without great difficulty. Dr. Perlman examines your fingers and hand to diagnose trigger finger.

How Is Trigger Finger Treated?

After his examination, Dr. Perlman will likely recommend that you limit any activities that require you to use the injured finger. He may also recommend that the finger be immobilized with a splint. Anti-inflammatory medications may help to further reduce the tendon inflammation. In more severe cases that do not respond to activity limitations, Dr. Perlman may recommend surgery to remove a portion of the covering over the tendon. This allows the tendon to move more freely and should resolve your symptoms.

What Does Recovery Entail After Treatment for Trigger Finger?

Recovery time for trigger finger depends on the extent of the damage, as well as the course of treatment. You may need to wear a splint for up to six weeks, although most cases of trigger finger resolve within three weeks.
What Are Trigger Finger Treatment Costs?

Treatment for trigger finger is based upon an individual treatment plan; therefore, the associated costs vary by patient. If you suffer from the symptoms of trigger finger, schedule a consultation with Dr. Perlman today. The staff of Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre can answer all of your questions about financing and payment options.

Dr. Perlman has 20 years’ experience in the treatment of all acute and reconstructive hand conditions. He has completed fellowships in Microsurgery and Hand Surgery and has a certificate for Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Houston Hand Society, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and American Association of Hand Surgeons and has presented papers and taught instructional courses to other hand surgeons.

At Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre, we understand how significantly trigger finger affects your life. Schedule a meeting with us today so that we can evaluate your symptoms and start you on a proper course of treatment. Dr. Perlman welcomes men and women from Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown, as well as other nearby locations.

Dr. Joseph Perlman

At The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre, Dr. Joseph Perlman offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Texas including Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown. Contact The Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre office today to schedule your trigger finger treatment consultation!

Written by Doctor PerlmanAugust 18, 2013