Orthopedics: Hand Injuries

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We use our hands and wrists throughout the day, and they are vulnerable to injuries. Find local orthopedic surgeons for info on hand and wrist surgery options due to arthritis, repetitive injuries and more.

Trigger finger is compression of the tendons at the base of your fingers. It can occur in any digit. Most patients who have this condition experience pain at the base of the digits, in the palm or in the small joints of the hand. The word “trigger” is used because one of the traditional symptoms is the finger locking, especially when the patient wakes up in the morning. Some patients with advanced trigger finger can’t straighten out the bend. 

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Orthopedic surgery focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of diseases of the bones, joints, ligament, muscles, tendons and nerves. These orthopedic surgeons who are specialists employ medical, physical, rehabilitation and surgery to restore normal function. Orthopedic Surgeons deal with all kinds of hand injuries

The tendon that is affected travels through a tunnel at the base of the finger (think of it as the pulley system of the fingers). As constriction occurs, either from swelling of the tunnel or of the tendon, the finger locks up. Trigger finger usually starts in one digit.

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