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My eight year old has trigger finger. What are some alternative treatments?

My eight year old has trigger finger. What are some alternative treatments?

Trigger: The first step is to limit activities that aggravate trigger finger. Your doctor may put a splint on the affected hand to restrict the joint movement. If symptoms continue, anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, may be prescribed. Your doctor may also recommend an injection of a steroid medication into the tendon sheath. If the condition does not resolve, ...Consider surgery. ...Read more

Trigger Finger (Definition)

Trigger finger is a common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping or locking of the involved finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain. A disparity in size between the flexor tendon and the surrounding retinacular pulley system, most commonly at the level of the first annular (a1) pulley, results in difficulty flexing ...Read more


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What is the treatment for trigger finger? Have had for 2 days and keeps locking & clicking. Tried splint overnight but no relief. Not swollen or pain.

What is the treatment for trigger finger? Have had for 2 days and keeps locking & clicking. Tried splint overnight but no relief. Not swollen or pain.

Trigger finger: Tape the finger which is sticking or "triggering " to the one next to it for several days. Start consistent use of NSAID like ibuprofen 600 mg with food 3x a day for 10-14 days. Continue to splint affected finger out straight at nite for several weeks. Avoid activities which produce finger pain or triggering ...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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Is there any promising research being done for trigger finger treatment?

Is there any promising research being done for trigger finger treatment?

Always: Research is ongoing but no "breakthrough" findings or cures other than rest, minimizing inflammation and swelling and surgical release at the present time. ...Read more

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I have trigger finger of the middle finger of my right hand. this is my dominant hand. Is physical therapy a worthy treatment option & if yes, how?

I have trigger finger of the middle finger of my right hand. this is my dominant hand. Is physical therapy a worthy treatment option & if yes, how?

Sometimes: Hand therapy can sometimes be helpful although personally I have found that a cortisone shot works better and faster. Sometimes when these keep coming back they need to be operated on. Trigger fingers are caused by thickened nodules in tendons that flex the fingers. The nodule gets caught under a structure in the hand called a pulley and this is what cause the triggering. ...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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My mom have trigger finger , she already had therapy, but in the mornings she have pain?

Steroid Injection: Trigger finger can be very painful especially in the morning. The finger stiffens up overnight. If splinting is not helpful, then a cortisone injection into the finger can provide great relief. Have her see a hand surgeon to get it checked out. ...Read more

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I have been playing a lot of golf this year and I have developed trigger finger in my pinky finger. Are there any OTC treatments that will help?

I have been playing a lot of golf this year and I have developed trigger finger in my pinky finger.  Are there any OTC treatments that will help?

Anti-inflammatories: Any anti-inflammatory( aleve, (naproxen) advil) may help with your trigger finger. If treating with anti-inflammatories is not helpful then see your physician as an injection with a steroid will usually help. ...Read more

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Is there a faster treatment for trigger fingers? I have them in both hands and need relief. How did they develop in both hands?

Is there a faster treatment for trigger fingers? I have them in both hands and need relief.  How did they develop in both hands?

Surgery: Trigger fingers are a severe form of tendinitis of your finger flexor tendons. As the tendon enters your finger it passes through a small tunnel. As the tendon swells it gets stuck. It sounds like you have tried some tx. Like nsaids, & cortisone injections. Surgery can open the tunnel turning it into a trough so the tendon can easily glide. Bilateral hand involve my is very common. ...Read more

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Alternative Therapy (Definition)

Certain exercises, called "breech" exercises have a mild degree of success. Acupuncture also has ...Read more