Trigger Finger

What Is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger results from a tight pulley (ligament) that causes pain. Your finger will likely lock down when you make a fist, and you may be unable to extend the finger when you open your hand.


  • Clicking, snapping, or locking when you move your finger
  • Finger stuck in a bent position
  • Pain in the hands
  • Swelling and stiffness in the fingers and finger joints


There are nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available for trigger finger. Both treatment types are performed by our hand and wrist specialist at Orthopaedic Specialists. 

Nonsurgical Treatments

Mild cases of trigger finger may be treated by splinting the affected finger or thumb, avoiding aggravating activities that cause pain, taking anti-inflammatories, and/or receiving corticosteroid injection(s). While nonsurgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.

Surgical Treatments

Using a small incision, the area of the tendon sheath constricting the tendon is released to reduce pressure and restore function in the finger.