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what is the best cure for trigger finger, my thumb is stuck & painful?

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Dr. Hill Hastings
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Trigger release: If your thumb is locked it will require "trigger release" which is done under local anesthesia through a small incision. The procedure involves release of the first annular pulley of the thumb and is immediately corrective. For this you should see a hand surgeon. A steroid injecction can help but is less likely to do so when locking is present or the patient is diabetic.
Answered on Apr 17, 2014
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Cortisone: Try a cortisone shot. If that doesn't work then you know you need the small surgery.
Answered on May 23, 2013
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Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Injections/Surgery: About 80-90% of trigger fingers will resolve in a 2-3 month period, with 1-2 injections of steroid and conservative treatment. Patients with diabetes and thumbs stuck in extension don't respond as well to non-operative treatment. Surgery is the definitive treatment for this problem and has excellent results. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for further evaluation and treatment.
Answered on Sep 19, 2012

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