Trigger finger symptoms
Signs and symptoms of trigger finger include:
Difficulty flexing fingers and/or thumbs
Inability/difficulty extending fingers and/or thumbs
Involuntary locking of fingers or thumb
Pain in fingers and/or thumbs
Trigger finger diagnosis
To diagnose trigger finger, your doctor will review your symptoms, health history, any current or prior injuries, and examine your finger for stiffness and signs of locking. In some cases, an X-ray may be done.
Trigger finger treatment
There are multiple factors that your doctor will consider when determining a treatment plan for trigger finger, including your age, current pain level and functional ability of your fingers and/or thumbs.
The most common treatment options for trigger finger include:
Anti-inflammatory medication—non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.
Cortisone injections—to minimize pain and swelling.
Physical therapy—exercises to strengthen and regain range of motion in the finger or thumb.
Splinting—wearing a splint that keeps the affected finger or thumb in a straight position.
Surgery—if your finger or thumb does not improve with nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may recommend a trigger finger release procedure.
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