Trigger Thumb Treatment
General measures for trigger finger include rest and a finger splint. Your finger may be splinted in extension for up to six weeks. During this time, you may be instructed to perform finger exercises to maintain mobility.
Other treatments for trigger finger include warm finger soaks, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and corticosteroid injections. Surgery may be offered to those who fail to get results from more conservative treatment.
Treatment options for trigger finger include:
- Splinting in extension
- Regular finger exercises to maintain mobility in the digit
- Warm finger soaks
- Avoidance of repetitive gripping
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Corticosteroid injections for trigger finger:
- Medication is injected around the tendon to reduce swelling
- Surgery for trigger finger:
- The pulley is opened, so that the tendon may move freely.
Trigger Thumb Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of trigger finger.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for worsening symptoms of trigger finger?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
Trigger Thumb Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat trigger finger:
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