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Is there a natural way to heal a swollen trigger finger?

Is there a natural way to heal a swollen trigger finger?

Yes: ... Can be helpful. Mostly it's important to avoid activities that "provoke" symptoms. Trigger finger/thumb is really a tendon irritation that may need medical care if it persists or interferes with function. If your finger/thumb "locks" in a bent or straight position, you really should seek medical evaluation and care. The problem is much more common in diabetics and arthritics.

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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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How long does it take to heal trigger finger after surgery?

How long does it take to heal trigger finger after surgery?

About 2 weeks:: Once release is done, I encourage my patients to exercise/move the affected finger to prevent any adhesions to form between the tendon and its sheath, and to regain full range of motion. The incision takes 12-14 days to heal, so sutures are taken out then.

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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.

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What is trigger finger?

What is trigger finger?

Pulley limitation: Trigger finger or thumb most commonly occurs when swelling or a nodule of the tendon which bends (flexes) the finger gets caught passing through a tight ligamentous pulley (tunnel) and the nodule hits the tunnel the finger gets caught and with forced bending eventually pops through. This is responsible for a trigger finger.

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How do you treat "trigger finger"?

How do you treat "trigger finger"?

Trigger: Conservative treatments include nsaids and steroid injections. If you fail to improve trigger finger release is a simple 15 minute procedure that can greatly improve symptoms in over 98% of cases.

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How can I straighten trigger finger?

How can I straighten trigger finger?

Surgery: Trigger finger developes due to binding of the flexor tendons at the a1 pulley at the distal palmar crease. Sometimes responds to steroid injection but frequently requires surgical release of the pulley to allow for tendon glide allowing finger to straighten. If triggering is chronic this can cause ligament contracture at pip joint limiting joint extension. See hand surgeon.

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Is there any help for trigger finger?

Is there any help for trigger finger?

Yes: Splinting (especially at night), steroid injection into the tendon sheath and surgical release. These are in increasing order of success with surgery being almost 100% successful.

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What are the tests for trigger finger?

What are the tests for trigger finger?

Physical examination: Trigger finger is caused when the space between the flexor tendon and the tendon sheath (tunnel) becomes tight. It becomes difficult to bend the finger and it may become stuck, either in flexion (bent) or extension (straight). This can be seen on physical exam. Typically the hand is tender over the horizontal crease in the hand. This is more common in diabetics.

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Will trigger finger go away on it's own?

Possibly: We do not know the natural history of untreated triggers-most are injected with excellent results.

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I have trigger finger, what's best to do?

I have trigger finger, what's best to do?

Corticosteroid shot: Corticosteroid injections are often beneficial in relieving the painful clicking or locking of trigger fingers/thumbs. Consult your hand surgeon. Occasionally, surgical intervention is needed in those cases where corticosteroid injections are not particularly helpful.

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Best for trigger finger in both pinkies?

Best for trigger finger in both pinkies?

Trigger finger: Can respond to ice and inflammatories. However if the problem is persistent it's been shown that between 47 and 90% of trigger fingers get better with a single solitary corticosteroid injection

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What is trigger finger and what causes it?

Tendonitis: A trigger finger is form of tendonitis of the tendons that bend down the finger. They can cause just pain, just locking and catching or pain and locking. The most effective treatment is an injection of cortisone. This reduces the inflammation around the tendons. You have an approximately 70% chance of this going away with just injections. If not surgery is an option.

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In what way can I treat my trigger finger?

In what way can I treat my trigger finger?

2 main options: Surgical release of the a1 pulley or steroid injection are the two primary modes of treatment. No home remedies. Seek care of a hand surgeon.

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Could you get trigger finger without pain?

Could you get trigger finger without pain?

Yes: Develops secondary to binding of the flexor tendons at the a1 pulley at the distal palmer crease of the finger involved. Can be due to inflammation around the tendons or constriction of the pulley this can be painful due to the inflammatory reaction or degree of locking. But not all the time.

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Painless trigger finger. Is that alarming?

Trigger fingers: Come in different grades. From mild pain with no catching. To locked fingers that do not hurt. If there is a slight click and no pain you may decide not to do anything after you see your doctor as long as the diagnosis is verified. Having a slight painless trigger finger is a common finding

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What do I do if I keep getting trigger finger?

Options: With chronic trigger finger unresponsive to conservative care options are steroid injection versus surgical release of the a1 pulley. Seek care with a hand surgeon.

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What are ways to treat trigger finger symptoms?

What are ways to treat trigger finger symptoms?

Trigger: Conservative treatments include nsaids and steroid injections. If you fail to improve trigger finger release is a simple 15 minute procedure that can greatly improve symptoms in over 98% of cases.

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What else can I do for my trigger finger at home?

What else can I do for my trigger finger at home?

Trigger finger: Am respond to ice if it is painful and swollen in the palm. Midl heat if it is stiff and locking without swelling, massage of the palm, topical anitinflammatorires placed in the palm and gentle not forceful range of motion, How ever the clincal presentation or severity of trigger finger varies a lot i.e. they are not all the same. If one tries these and fails see a hand doctor

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Can using my ipad cause trigger finger to be worse?

Can using my ipad cause trigger finger to be worse?

Probably not.: You could be holding your ipad in a funny way so I would not say never but highly doubtful.

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What can I do to elivate the pain of trigger finger?

Try an injection: You can try ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. In general the best treatment initially is an injection of cortisone, you have an approximately 70% chance of the trigger finger going away with injections alone. If the symptoms continue you can consider a procedure called a trigger finger release which will permanently resolve your symptoms.

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