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what is the treatment for a trigger thumb?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Trigger finger : Limited mobility in the finger, pain where the finger 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.
Dr. Mark Rekant
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Cortisone injection: Best method with greatest chance of resolution short of surgery.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Trigger thumb: Usual treatment is a visit to a hand surgeon for a well placed trigger point cortisone injection.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Trigger thumb: Initial management is nsaid's. Many times a cortisone injection into the tendon pulley can be curative. If neither of these treatments resolve the condition, surgery is curative. A small incision at the base of the thumb is made, and the pulley overlying the tendon is released. Stitches out in 2 weeks, and return to activities shortly thereafter.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

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.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How do I tell if I have trigger thumb?

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Dr. David Tuckman
Hand Surgery 23 years experience
Trigger: These can present in one of three ways. Just pain over the palm side of the finger at the base, just catching of the finger or both. 70% of patients get complete relief of the symptoms with injections of cortisone.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the cure for a trigger thumb?

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Dr. Kent Chou
Dr. Kent Chou answered
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
There are several.: In adults, trigger thumb or stenosing tenosynovitis can be treated with splinting, injections, and surgery. Any of these treatments could potentially be curative, although most patients i see require injections and some require surgery.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is trigger thumb like?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Limited : Limited mobility in the thumb, 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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is trigger thumb and how is it treated?

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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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