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Trigger Finger (Definition)

A common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping, or locking of thei finger flexor tendon, associated ...Read more


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What if any splints may help trigger finger (middle finger of right hand? When should they be worn?

What if any splints may help trigger finger (middle finger of right hand? When should they be worn?

Splint and elevate: Splits that hold the hand in the position of function (holding a soda pop can) achieve rest that may minimize the tendon swelling. Elevation of the hand particularly at night combine with short term anti-inflammatories may help. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the trigger finger and thumb?

Please help! What is the trigger finger and thumb?

Physical Exam: History and physical exam are used to diagnose trigger finger. Trigger finger comes from swelling of the tendons in the hand that cause the tendons to become stuck within the tendon sheath. See a hand surgeon for your situation. ...Read more

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I am having trigger finger surgery on my thumb and don't know what to expect?

I am having trigger finger surgery on my thumb and don't know what to expect?

Mild discomfort: I perform trigger thumb surgery under local anesthetic. It usually takes about 10-15 min. To identify and release the a1 pulley, which is what causes triggering. After surgery, the thumb will be immobilized for a few days. It takes about 2 weeks for the wound to heal. During the healing phase, you will be able to use the thumb. Narcotic pain medicine may be needed for a short time, post-op. ...Read more

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When I bend my thumb they get locked in place and when release, they make a pop or crack sound. I use computer a lot. Do I have trigger finger?

When I bend my thumb they get locked in place and when release, they make a pop or crack sound. I use computer a lot. Do I have trigger finger?

Trigger finger: Typically has a locking or clicking tendon, other things can click in a finger or thumb such as a joint, a tendon snapping over a bone spur, other areas of tendon irritation in the wrist, even a cyst or tumor on a tendon or just a joint click from. Normal motion but yes it sounds like the description you give is that of a trigger thumb. Many get permanent relief from corticosteroid injection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about experiencing trigger finger/thumb?

Locking: Trigger finger developes at the a1 pulley at the base of the finger or thumb it is a form of stenosing tendonitis and tenovaginitis. The tendon or tendons that glide through the pulley get bound up there from swelling or scaring and tend to lock or trigger. Usually begins with pain and or swelling and progresses to triggering without appropriate treatment. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a " trigger thumb" or "trigger finger"?

What is the cause of a " trigger thumb" or "trigger finger"?

Flexor tendon: What usually occurs in this problem is
that the flexor tendon gets caught in
on of the pulleys in the palm of the hand
if mild it can be relieved with ice, nsaids
and possible cortisone shots
if it persists, you might need to have
a release of the pulley performed to
alleviate the catching. ...Read more

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

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

Cortisone: Try a cortisone shot. If that doesn't work then you know you need the small surgery. ...Read more

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If I am having right thumb trigger finger relase surgery, what should I expect?

Minimal symtoms: The problem should be resolved and most patients return to activities as tolerated the day after surgery. Work may take a little longer due to tje type of work. ...Read more

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Is trigger finger in the thumb a complication of carpal tunnel release?

Is trigger finger in the thumb a complication of carpal tunnel release?

Not usually: It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release. Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can trigger finger in the thumb be caused by a complication of carpal tunnel release?

Can trigger finger in the thumb be caused by a complication of carpal tunnel release?

Side effect: Carpal tunnel release can cause swelling in your hand afterwards. Sometimes this may lead to trigger finger, which is due to swelling in your tendon. In addition, after surgery, you may be using your hand more since your fingers are no longer tingling. This can also lead to some swelling in the tendons. Developing trigger finger after surgery is not due to something wrong with the surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible for trigger finger in the thumb to be related to carpal tunnel release?

Is it possible for trigger finger in the thumb to be related to carpal tunnel release?

Yes, but not likely: It is not uncommon to develop swelling in the hand after a carpal tunnel release. Sometimes swelling can affect the tendons and tendon sheath. If this occurs, triggering may develope. It may also be unrelated. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) and trigger finger have overlapping patient demographics. Oral/injectable steroids and therapy should relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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For trigger finger present in thumb, can exercises help it if not doing surgery?

For trigger finger present in thumb, can exercises help it if not doing surgery?

No. Irritation: The irritation will make it worse. Saint it for rest or get a shot of cortisone. Surgery is if all else fails. ...Read more

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Have you ever seen trigger finger (in thumb) heal without cortisone / surgery?

Have you ever seen trigger finger (in thumb) heal without cortisone / surgery?

Trigger thumb: Flexor tenosynovitis (trigger) is very common of all fingers including the thumb. Simple treatment includes consistent use of NSAIDs, avoidance of repetitive finger movements, splinting the involved fingers in extension nightly for 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Looking for relief of thumb trigger finger, the popping of the thumb happens when I relax at sleep....

Le me help you: Treatment for trriger thumb wll be.
This includes oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injection, and judicious use of a a hand-based splint that prevents motion of the metacarpophalangeal (mp) and interphalangeal (ip) joints of the thumb (each maintained in 15 degrees of flexion).
If those do not work surgery is very effective. ...Read more

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Unable to bend thumb backwards without pain. When pressure is applied to general area also pain. (i.e. pulling doornknob, etc) Not trigger finger.

Unable to bend thumb backwards without pain. When pressure is applied to general area also pain. (i.e. pulling doornknob, etc) Not trigger finger.

Any injury/trauma?: If sudden thumb pain w/o specific injury, might be from overuse (ligament/tendon) issue. May benefit from splint to immobilize for a few days. If not improving after that, see your Dr / Urgent Care for evaluation and likely imaging to be sure no bone issue, then may splint for longer period. ...Read more

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Falling apart! Got trigger finger l thumb. I have excruciating pain in the inner joint bone on my thumb <⬅️. Pls help me cure this trigger finger.

Trigger finger: A true trigger finger, named so because it appears that you have your finger placed on the trigger of a gun, usually needs surgical correction. This can be performed by an orthopedist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.

Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.

Probably not: Because trigger finger is caused by chronic, not acute, inflammation. But trigger finger does not usually present with swelling. Ask your doctor if it could be something else. ...Read more

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Which is better: Naproxen or Voltaren (diclofenac) for trigger finger (thumb) treatment? Want least side effects but effective inflammation treatment.

Which is better: Naproxen or Voltaren (diclofenac) for trigger finger (thumb) treatment? Want least side effects but effective inflammation treatment.

Naproxen v Voltaren (diclofenac): That's like asking if Batman is better than Superman! Both Naproxen & Voltaren (diclofenac) are NSAIDs. For that matter, so is Ibuprofen. It's just that Naproxen & Ibuprofen are available w/o prescription in States whereas Voltaren (diclofenac) requires prescription. Because they're all NSAIDs, they function exactly the same. For each drug, risk & benefit varies depending upon dose. In the end, only you can decide which 4u ...Read more

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Can lack of oestrogen cause trigger fingers and thumb?

I am not sure: Trigger finger is more common in women.
Although the association of estrogen deprivation with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in postmenopausal women needs further study. ...Read more

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How successful is an a-1 pulley release for trigger finger. My surgery is this month my middle & ring finger rt hand.

How successful is an a-1 pulley release for trigger finger. My surgery is this month my middle & ring finger rt hand.

Very successful in: That once the pulley is released the source fo the problem is typically gone. Of course there are factors that influence "success" such as return to motion, decreased scar sensitivity and avoiding complications. Issues such as arthritis, contracture, tenosynvitis and more severe preop status may need longer recovery but the surgery generally eliminates the source of the locking if that is indeed i. ...Read more

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I am an insulin dependent person, and I have a trigger finger problem in my left hand, can I take an injection of cortisone by myself?

DM Trigger Finger: As long as your doctor is not overzealous with the amount of the cortisone used, uses the right type and amount of cortisone, it should be fine. The doctor should also be able to adjust your Insulin in case of blood rise, which can happen transiently after a cortisone shot. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects or things I should be aware of such as permanent loss of dexterity after hand surgery for trigger finger (pinky finger)?

Are there any side effects or things I should be aware of such as permanent loss of dexterity after hand surgery for trigger finger (pinky finger)?

Not usual: Release of band in trigger finger is relatively simple surgery and should not cause' loss of dexterity ' how ever if unexpected infections etc sets in may result in loss of dexterity, ask your surgeon, risks and benefits of surgery. ...Read more

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What is the usual recuperative time after trigger finger surgery on dominant hand? In other words, when might I expect to at least partially use hand?

What is the usual recuperative time after trigger finger surgery on dominant hand? In other words, when might I expect to at least partially use hand?

Trigger finger: Typically you can use the hand for simple tasks right away. Wound takes 10-14 days to heal. Palm can remain sore for 3-4 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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I felt something pull in the top of my hand connecting to the trigger finger when I was stretching. How do I know if it's a tendon or muscle tear?

Does the finger move: A tendon tear typically means that you cannot move that finger. If you can move the finger it is probably a muscle tear. There are some exceptions to that rule, so I would see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Having symptoms of trigger finger only in the morning when hand seems cold any home remedies or medicine to take to help out finger or do I go yo docs?

Having symptoms of trigger finger only in the morning when hand seems cold any home remedies or medicine to take to help out finger or do I go yo docs?

Home Remedies: A bit young to be having some morning stiffness and triggering, although trigger fingers can occur at any age. Try to ice your hand down after you get home from work for 10-15 minutes. Take aleve (naproxen) or advil in the evening after dinner. The warm hands up with a heating pad or warm water for 10-15 mins. Before going to bed. If this does not help get it checked out. ...Read more

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Can I safely have surgery on my trigger finger when I have lymphedema in my arm/hand?

Can I safely have surgery on my trigger finger when I have lymphedema in my arm/hand?

Wait till edema: Subsides, trigger finger surgery is simple out patient surgery, edema will delay the wound healing. ...Read more