Trigger finger, or “stenosing tenosynovitis” can often occur without experiencing a single injury. Trigger finger occurs when the flexor tendon becomes irritated and begins to thicken, eventually creating nodules making it difficult for the joint to bend and straighten. When the tendon is lengthening, it becomes momentarily stuck then quickly pops out into extension.

Learn more from Dr. Christopher Healy in this short video covering the anatomy of the finger, the causes of this painful condition, and possible treatment options. Dr. Healy is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, specializing in shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and trauma and fracture care. He enjoys the new and interesting challenges each day presents. Whether he is piecing together a fractured arm after an accident, seeing patients in clinic, or performing routine hand surgeries, every day is dynamic and immensely satisfying. What drives Dr. Healy the most is helping people and getting them get back to what they love.