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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Trigger Thumb (Overview)

-Otis of the thumb flexor. There is swelling that forms a problem for it 2 glide thu the confining pulley. Since the flexor is much stronger than the extensor, when U flex the thumb the swollen part is able 2 B pulled thru the pulley, but when U try 2 extend it feels locked, but then pops thru the pulley, & hence the name trigger thumb. U feel the snap as it pops thru.


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What is trigger thumb like?

What is trigger thumb like?

Painful triggering: Trigger thumb is a stenosing (constricting) tenosynovitis resulting in inflammation and pain, often worsened by movement. When the symptoms are severe, triggering or catching at the thumb may be noted. Non-operative modalities include anti-inflammatory medication, temporary splinting, and corticosteroid injection. Open trigger thumb release may be warranted for recalcitrant cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
73 doctors shared insights

Trigger Thumb (Overview)

-Otis of the thumb flexor. There is swelling that forms a problem for it 2 glide thu the confining pulley. Since the flexor is much stronger than the extensor, when U flex the thumb the swollen part is able 2 B pulled thru the pulley, but when U try 2 extend it feels locked, but then pops thru the pulley, & hence the name trigger thumb. U feel the snap as it pops thru.


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Is trigger thumb a symptom for a medical condition?

Is trigger thumb a symptom for a medical condition?

Condition: A trigger thumb/ finger is a medical condition where the flexor tendon gets caught in a pulley in the hand causing the finger to lock in a flexed position it is usually treated with local injections and surgical release to eliminate the problem. ...Read more

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Does trigger thumb, or cts need immediate care and diagnosis? I have had a problem with it before but was years ago, it is happening more often

Does trigger thumb, or cts need immediate care and diagnosis? I have had a problem with it before but was years ago, it is happening more often

Depends up on your -: Symptoms and how bad are they. You need to get yourself checked up by an orthopedist who can determine how bad or severe your problem is and take it from there. Where nerves are concerned, i personally will treat earlier than late, as you don't want to wait till your nerve gets damaged beyond being recoverable, as then even surgery might not give you a full relief of your symptoms. So see him soon. ...Read more

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What are the tests for trigger thumb?

What are the tests for trigger thumb?

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. ...Read more

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I need to know what is trigger thumb /carpal tunnel?

I need to know what is trigger thumb /carpal tunnel?

These are 2 very di-: Fferent conditions; 1: in trigger thumb, the tunnel of tissue in which the tendon passes, narrows enough to cause the triggering (catching) sensation when its moved; 2: in ct syndrome, the main nerve (median) is trapped in a tunnel and pressed against the thick ligament, which forms the roof of the tunnel, resulting in pain, discomfort and numbness/tingling in fingers. ...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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Mri shows bone marrow edema of pisiform, trigger thumb, mcp capsulitis and mild distension of first cmc joint capsule. What does it all mean?

Mri shows bone marrow edema of pisiform, trigger thumb, mcp capsulitis and mild distension of first cmc joint capsule. What does it all mean?

Basal thumb joint OA: The base of the thumb is a very common spot for osteoarthritis. This diagnosis can usually be made without imaging studies, so if your doctor ordered an MRI scan, i suspect the doctor had some special concern or diagnosis in mind. ...Read more

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