Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger, or TF, is a common condition in the United States with 800k people diagnosed annually.29 The condition is characterized by catching, snapping or locking as you flex or extend your fingers, causing pain, swelling and popping. Trigger finger occurs when inflammation or swelling creates a nodule within the tendon sheath and prohibits the flexor tendons from gliding smoothly underneath the pulley(s). In severe cases, the finger may become locked in a bent position.

Trigger finger A0 pully showing where pain radiates from
Radiating pain shown on hand caused by trigger finger

Common Symptoms

  • Pain at the base of the affected finger, where the finger joins with the palm
  • Swelling within the affected tendon or development of a cyst
  • Stiffness or loss of motion: difficulty in bending the finger
  • Mechanical symptoms – popping, catching or locking

Treatment Options

Non-Surgical Treatments

With the consultation of a physician, less severe symptoms of trigger finger can be treated in various ways without surgery. Splinting of the affected finger, NSAIDs to reduce inflammation, corticosteroid injection, hand therapy and exercises, or change in activity to reduce forceful or repetitive motions are common non-surgical alternatives for mild cases.

Treatment Options

Surgical Treatments

Trigger finger can also be treated surgically with a procedure called trigger finger release (TFR). This procedure involves releasing the pulley of the affected finger to allow the tendon to glide more freely and may be recommended if non-surgical treatment options do not offer improvement. With the help of real-time ultrasound guidance, physicians can perform TFR through a minimally invasive approach to provide full mobility of your finger, with less scarring and get you back to normal daily activities within 3 days.26, 27

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Trigger Finger Release with Real-Time Ultrasound Guidance

Say goodbye to pain and discomfort

TFR with real-time ultrasound guidance can alleviate the pain and inconvenience of trigger finger and quickly have you back doing the day-to-day activities you love. Minimal scarring and immediate motion of the finger are some of the notable benefits.26, 27

If you are ready for long-term relief then trigger finger release with UltraGuideTFR and real-time ultrasound guidance may be right for you. You don’t have to wait any longer to start enjoying the little things in life again. Regain mobility and say goodbye to pain and discomfort.

Pottery bowl being formed from clay on a wheel
Patients hand highlighting a small incision in the palm crease from trigger finger release

Trigger Finger Release with Real-Time Ultrasound Guidance


  • Most patients return to normal daily activities in 3 days
  • Performed in a procedure room or office setting using local anesthesia
  • Small incision typically closed without sutures
  • Most patients only require acetaminophen or NSAIDS for pain management
  • Most patients experience immediate resolution of trigger finger mechanical symptoms

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