Trigger Finger

The Hand Center

Kelley Wear, MD

ABS Certified Hand and Wrist Surgeon located in Broomfield, CO & Thornton, CO

Does your finger seem to trigger down rather than smoothly moving into a fist? Does it get stuck? Do you hear a popping sound when you bend your finger or have a painful mass in your hand? You may be experiencing trigger finger. Kelley Wear, MD, at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, is an expert hand surgeon who can evaluate your finger and provide treatment to improve movement. If you live in the Denver metro area and think you have a trigger finger, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is trigger finger?

Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger is a condition that causes your finger to become stuck in one position or bend and straighten with a snap, like a trigger. Inflammation in the sheath that surrounds the tendon in your finger causes the condition. If left untreated, your finger may remain stuck.

You may be more at risk of developing a trigger finger if you engage in activities that require repetitive gripping. Women are more at risk of developing trigger finger than men. A history of diabetes may also increase your risk.

Trigger finger can affect any of your fingers, including your thumb, and affect more than one finger at one time.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

Symptoms of trigger finger vary from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Popping or clicking sensation when you move your finger
  • The stiffness of your finger
  • Formation of a nodule at the base of the affected finger
  • Catching or locking of your finger as you move it

Your finger may also become stuck in one position, making it impossible for you to straighten your finger. You may also notice these symptoms are worse in the morning.

How is trigger finger treated?

Dr. Wear develops individualized treatment plans based on the severity of your symptoms.

Treatment may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Rest
  • Splinting
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery

Steroid injection

To reduce inflammation and improve mobility, Dr. Wear may inject a steroid medication into your affected finger. This type of treatment may last as long as a year.


If necessary, Dr. Wear may also recommend a surgical procedure to cut the constricted section of your tendon sheath to improve mobility.

While Dr. Wear is an expert hand surgeon, she usually recommends more conservative treatments first.

For expert management of your trigger finger, call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.