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Trigger Finger Overview

What is trigger finger?
A person with a trigger finger has thickening of a tendon that lies on the palm side of the hand. The thickened area prevents the tendon from sliding smoothly beneath a strong pulley that holds it in place as it slide back and forth to flex the finger. As a result, the person has difficulty bending and straightening the finger.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?
Symptoms of trigger finger include finger pain during flexion or extension. The finger may also make a clicking, popping or snapping sound during movement. In some cases, the finger may become locked in one position.

How does the doctor treat trigger finger?
Treatment for a trigger finger may include a finger splint, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2010 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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