Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Trigger Finger Evaluation

The evaluation of a trigger finger begins with a history and physical examination of the hand.

Physical findings in someone with a trigger finger may include:

  • Trigger finger:
    • Finger is frozen in a partially flexed position
  • Reduced range of motion of the finger
  • A click can be felt in the finger as it moves

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of a trigger finger.

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Trigger Finger References
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