A 43-year-old member asked:
what is the best cure for trigger finger, my thumb is stuck & painful?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Hill Hastings answered
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
Dr. Michael Raemisch answered
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
Dr. Robert Coats II answered
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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