Hand and Wrist

Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger, a condition that inflames the tissue inside your fingers or thumb, can cause a great deal of pain. Though its cause is typically unknown, trigger finger is more commonly found in women than men as well as in those suffering from other health issues, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.

If you’re suffering from trigger finger, you will notice symptoms including a lump in your palm, pain when straightening your fingers, and swelling in your fingers and hand. A severe case may inhibit you from extending your affected finger.


Resting your finger or taking an anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended but if this is not successful in reducing the swelling, the doctor may give you injections of an anti-inflammatory, such as cortisone. If non-surgical methods prove unsuccessful in reducing your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery.

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To learn more about the treatment options available for trigger finger, please request an appointment online, or call 509-344-HAND (4263).

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"About three years ago, I began to experience symptoms of trigger finger on my left hand. Subsequently, Dr. Sestero performed releases on the left index and second fingers. In mid-2012, I began to have the same problem with the left ring finger. Surgery was performed in January 2013. I will always recommend NWOS to friends and family for their orthopaedic needs." — Don C.