Stephen W. Pournaras, Jr., MD – Hand Surgeon Fairfax

3998 Fair Ridge Dr., Suite 100 Fairfax, Va 22033

Trigger Finger: Symptoms & Treatments
Fair Oaks Orthopedics - Fairfax VA
Stephen W. Pournaras, Jr., MD

Are You Suffering From Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger (also called Stenosing Tenovaginitis or Stenotic Tenosynovitis). This condition affects the fingers, causing difficulty in movement and freezing of the finger in a bent like position, which is sometimes referred to as “catching.” Most of the time it affects your ring finger or thumb, in some cases it can effect in of your fingers and may appear in more than one finger at a time.

Arthritis Symptoms of the Hands
  • Pain your hands and fingers
  • Swelling in hand/wrist joints
  • Stiffness in joints & hands
  • Hand weakness 
  • Dull or burning joint pain, appearing hours or  after increased use of your hands.
  • Morning pain and stiffness in your hands.
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Symptoms Of Prolonged Arthritis

  • Pain changes from dull ache to sharp throbbing sensation.
  • Pain causes you to wake up at night.
  • Pain changes how you use your hands.
  • The tissue surrounding your joint becomes red and tender to the touch.
  • There is grating, grinding, cracking or clicking (crepitus) when you bend your fingers.
  • Your fingers can’t fully open and close.
  • Small bony nodules form on the middle joint of your fingers (Bouchard’s nodes) or at the top joints of your fingers (Heberden’s nodes).
  • Your finger joints become large and abnormally bent.
  • Your hands are weak and less able to do everyday tasks.
Trigger Finger Treatments - Hand Surgeon Fairfax VA

There are several surgical options based on the type and severity of your arthritis and your overall health. Dr. Stephen W. Pournaras Jr., will discuss options & help you decide which is best for you.

The most common surgical procedures are:

  • Synovectomy- involving the removal of diseased or damaged lining of the joints
  • Osteotomy- is the realignment of the bones in a joint
  • Arthroplasty- joint replacement surgery, most common for advanced arthritis

Most hand surgeries are followed by hand therapy to strengthen the muscles and improve function. We offer this therapy as well.

If you have a hand injury or chronic condition such as arthritis, please contact us at Fairoaks Ortho. Dr. Pournaras & our staff have a great understanding of the complex network of blood vessels, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones that make up your hand and fingers.

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What Causes This Condition?

The joints in your hands are constantly exposed to stressors due to everyday life, and in most cases your body repairs the damage naturally. With arthritis, this is not the case. The three forms of arthritis that affect the hands are: 

Osteoarthritis effects the protective cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in your hands and effects the joints by gradually breaking it down and wearing it away. Cartilage is a very tough, shock-absorbing material that allows the bones in a joint to glide easily during motion and when gone, causes pain and injury.

The loss of the cartilage causes painful bone-on-bone rubbing. Other symptoms of arthritis include immobility, swelling, and the formation of bony growth spurs in the affected area.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease, leading to hand deformity and loss of function. The protective membrane called synovium that covers joints, secrete a lubricant called synovial fluid, which acts as a cushion between the joints and ligaments to reduce friction between the bones and prevent “wear and tear.” RA causes the synovium to become inflamed, which prevents it from working properly.

Psoriatic arthritis causes pain, swelling and stiffness in  and around the joints in your hands, It affects about 1 in 4 patients who already have the skin condition psoriasis. Some patients may develop psoriatic arthritis before the skin condition psoriasis is even present. 

Psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis are both autoimmune conditions, caused by an issue in your immune system.

Your immune system protects you from illness and infection. But in autoimmune conditions, the immune system becomes confused and attacks healthy parts of the body, often causing inflammation.

Patients with psoriasis can get other types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis  or rheumatoid arthritis. These conditions are not linked to psoriasis though.

We know how important pain-free hand and finger motion and function is to our patients and the ability to do daily activities, including work, self-care, sports, we are here to help you.  Our orthopedic practice specializes in hand surgery, and we offer state-of-the-art nonsurgical and surgical care to treat a full range of hand and finger injuries and conditions.

Arthritis Symptom's & Treatments Fairfax Virginia

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Hand Surgeon Fairfax VA -Stephen W. Pournaras, Jr., MD - Fair Oaks Orthopedics

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, Stephen W. Pournaras, Jr., M.D. utilizes the latest technology and cutting-edge procedures to treat a broad spectrum of orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, and work-related injuries.

By preforming operative and non-operative procedures, our goal is to use the latest and most minimally invasive techniques that allows our patients a rapid return to a full and active life.

“What is important to us as a practice is superior patient outcomes and unmatched patient satisfaction. We pride ourselves in being patient advocates, going the extra mile to ensure that the care delivered to our patients is best of that medicine as to offer.”

“I believe in a team-oriented approach to treatment, which often involves physical and occupational therapists to maximize functional outcome for all my patients.” Dr.  Pournaras 

David Park is a certified physician assistant, specializing in Orthopaedics, is an interictal part of our practice since 2019. David is always working very closely with Dr. Pournaras by treating hand & upper arm extremities, side by side making sure you receive the best health care we have to offer.
David’s specialties include hand & wrist arthritis, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, fractures, and carpal tunnel syndrome, if you are in pain, contact our practice to schedule an immediate appointment to see him within 48 hours. David Park is loved by all and very knowledgeable with treating your condition.
Fair Oaks Ortho- providing you with the best in comprehensive orthopaedic care of the hand to shoulder (upper extremities). Make Your Appointment To See Certified Physician’s Assistant David (Da Yon) Park, Specializing In Orthopaedics & Chronic Issue Management.
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