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What are the tests for trigger thumb?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Physical exam: Trigger thumb is diagnosed after talking with the patient about their symptoms and performing a physical examination of the thumb. The diagnosis is usually clear at this point. Often, x-rays are obtained to make sure that there is not associated arthritis of the thumb.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Thumb joint with: Limited mobility and clicking, pain where the thumb meets the palm, often called the finger palm crease, pressure causing pain can be a sign of stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger it is treated by antiinflammatories, corticosteriod injection and perhaps surgery if symptoms do not go away.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is a trigger thumb?

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Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Locking: In the a1 pulley at the base of the thumb on the palmar side of the mp joint the flexor policus longus tendon can get bound up and not glide properly. This causes clicking or locking on attempted thumb motion. The motion of the ip joint is primarily affected. This is usually an overuse syndrome. Treatment consists of steroid injection , splinting, or surgery to release pulley.

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