A 62-year-old female asked:
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can trigger thumb be treated without medicine or surgery by exercising the thumb?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
No: The disorder is due to a nodule on the tendon impairing its motion through a tendon sheath. It's a mechanical problem, and needs a mechanical solution.
Answered on Jul 4, 2014
Dr. David Krulak
22 years experience Family Medicine
Trigger: Due to the mechanism of this condition, wherein a tendon has abnormal thickening, it is rarely treatable with simple exercise. There is some benefit to custom splinting, but usually the condition requires injections or surgery for correction.
Answered on Jul 4, 2014

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trigger thumb: Oral and topical nsaids as well as rest can sometimes be of benefit. Cortisone injections are also very popular and can be quite effective.
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Yes: This is a very straight foward and simple procedure when done by your hand surgeon.
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