Trigger finger is a condition where your finger jams or gets stiff. It can also affect your thumb.
The tendons that bend your fingers usually glide freely through tight tunnels in your hand. If the fibrous wall of a tunnel thickens, the tunnel becomes too tight, usually resulting in your finger jamming in a bent position (see figure 1).
The aim is to allow your finger to move freely.
A steroid injection into the base of your finger can treat the problem. However, you may need more than one injection.
If your trigger finger continues or is severe, surgery is usually recommended.
The operation can usually be performed under a local anaesthetic and usually takes about 20 minutes.
Your surgeon will make a small cut at the base of your finger. They will cut open the fibrous tunnel that is causing the trigger finger.
You should be able to go home the same day.
Your surgeon will tell you when you can return to normal activities.
Keep your hand raised and bandaged for two days. It is important to gently exercise your fingers, elbow and shoulder to prevent stiffness.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Author: Prof Tim Davis ChM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
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