Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger, or Stenosing Tenosynovitis is a condition where the tendons that bend the fingers and thumb thicken with age or overuse and have difficulty sliding through the ligaments that hold them in place within the palm. This creates a painful catching sensation or locking of the finger in a bent position when gripping.  In Occupational Therapy, modalities such as ultrasound and paraffin can be used to soften tissue and reduce swelling to allow the tendon to glide more easily.  Patients are often fitted with a small orthosis, or splint at the problematic finger to reduce triggering allowing the area to heal.