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How To Heal 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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 findingSee 3 more doctor answers
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 doctorSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not.: You could be holding your ipad in a funny way so I would not say never but highly doubtful.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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