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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Trigger Finger (Overview)

A common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping, or locking of thei finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain.


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How does trigger finger surgery work?

How does trigger finger surgery work?

A1 Pulley release: Trigger finger surgery works by releasing the a1pulley to allow the fingers flexor tendon to glide freely. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Trigger Finger (Overview)

A common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping, or locking of thei finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain.


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I want to know if anyone else suffers from trigger finger symptoms?

I want to know if anyone else suffers from trigger finger symptoms?

Yes: Trigger finger is a very common condition that affects many people. It can be successfully treated without surgery in the vast majority of cases. If it does require surgery, the surgery is relatively simple and has a good track record. See an orthopedic surgeon/hand surgeon if you need evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of trigger finger in both hands, left more than right, carpal tunnel in left hand and numbness and tingling in the left. What can cau?

I have symptoms of trigger finger in both hands, left more than right, carpal tunnel in left hand and numbness and tingling in the left.  What can cau?

Overuse: Which is common with typing or knitting or machete ot factory work or anything repetitive are more likely to cause carpal tunnel. The same causes trigger fingers but it is also seen in diabetes, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Hello, I was diagnosed with trigger finger. What are the best treatmemts for that?

Hello, I was diagnosed with trigger finger. What are the best treatmemts for that?

Steroid: Initial treatment would include a steroid injection to the tendon sheath at the A1 pulley and therapy. If unsuccessful than treat with surgical division of the A1 pulley to eliminate the binding of the tendon ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can cause "trigger finger" and how do you fix it?

What can cause "trigger finger" and how do you fix it?

Variable: Trigger finger is thought to be associated with "overuse syndromes." however, it is difficult to determine what constitutes overuse of the hands! everyone uses their hands for everything. It is also seen in association with diseases like diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis. Corticosteroid injections can generally be quite effective at treating trigger fingers. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a non-invasive or home treatment for trigger finger?

Is there a non-invasive or home treatment for trigger finger?

Rest: The first home treatment is rest. Many times the trigger finger comes from inflammation around the tendon from overuse, trauma, or swelling from other problems. Rest may be all that's needed. You can also try daily icing in an ice bath or direct ice to calm it down. ...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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Will wearing a cast cure trigger finger?

Night splint: Night splint to avoid locking. Relative rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Relative rest means cut back on any repetitive movements which may have started the problem. Next step, is an injection and if all else fails, surgery. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of trigger finger?

How can I get rid of trigger finger?

Try this: Otc meds such as Motrin if tolerated and splint the finger so the middle joint can't move and do this for a couple of days. If no better than see your doc for a cortisone shot. ...Read more

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Mild trigger finger symptoms. What can I do to prevent it from getting worse?

Minimize trauma: Minimize ongoing trauma to hand. Limit repetitive aggressive motion but continue to work on gentle range of motion of affected finger. Might consider wearing an extension wrist brace or buddy tape finger during sleep to limit triggering. Ice, nsaid, massage over palmer flexion crease to flatten tendon/ inflammation. Go see physician if locks frequently or stays locked. Injection? Surgery? ...Read more

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I took a cortison shot to cure my trigger finger, what is the best i can do to avoid having it again?

I took a cortison shot to cure my trigger finger, what is the best i can do to avoid having it again?

Trigger finger: There is no good explanation for why someone will develop a trigger finger. Because of this i'm afraid i don't know of anything you can do to prevent one. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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