Trigger Finger

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Does one of your fingers frequently become stuck in a bent position? If so, you may be experiencing what is known as trigger finger, especially if your finger makes a snapping noise when you try to bend or straighten it.

Trigger finger occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in your affected finger. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.

Symptoms of trigger finger may also include finger stiffness, especially in the morning, and tenderness or an actual nodule or bump in the palm at the base of your affected finger.

People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions are at higher risk of developing trigger finger. The condition is also more common in women and in people with diabetes. Trigger finger can affect any finger, even the thumb, and more than one of your fingers may be affected at any given time. In some cases, trigger finger affects fingers on both hands.

Treatment of trigger finger varies depending on the severity. Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen may relieve your pain but are unlikely to relieve the swelling often associated with trigger finger. Resting the fingers and hand, wearing a splint at night, and performing stretching exercises each morning are also potential treatment options. If your trigger finger pain is severe, your doctor may opt to inject a steroid medication near or into the affected tendon. Surgery may also be an option in severe instances of trigger finger.

Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.

If you suspect that you may have trigger finger, contact one of our many St. Louis or Kansas City area orthopedic specialists today!

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Robert G. Medler, MD

Robert G. Medler

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Nathan M. Fisher, DO

Nathan M. Fisher

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist

Stephen V. Hiatt, MD

Stephen V. Hiatt

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

J. Clinton Walker, MD

J. Clinton Walker

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Nathanael S. Olson, DO

Nathanael S. Olson

St. Louis, MO

  • Hand and Wrist
  • Orthopedics

Robert H. Sigmund, MD

Robert H. Sigmund

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

James E. Schaberg, MD

James E. Schaberg

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith, MD

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Christine C. Piper, MD

Christine C. Piper

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Suzanne G. Elton, MD

Suzanne G. Elton

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Robert P. Bruce, MD

Robert P. Bruce

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Nicholas B. Wilson, MD

Nicholas B. Wilson

O'Fallon, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement
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Locations

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics - South County

Signature Orthopedics - South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311

Formerly Premier Care Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Signature Orthopedics - St. Peters

Signature Orthopedics - St. Peters
112 Piper Hill Drive
Suite 6
St. Peters, MO 63376
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636-561-5037

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics - O'Fallon

Signature Orthopedics - O'Fallon
9323 Phoenix Village Pkwy
Winghaven
O'Fallon, MO 63368
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636-561-0871