Hand Pain Syndromes

TRIGGER FINGER

Trigger finger and thumb are painful conditions that cause the fingers or thumb to catch or lock in a bent position. Trigger finger and thumb often stem from inflammation of tendons located within a protective covering called the tendon sheath.

What causes trigger finger:

  • Highly repetitive or forceful use of the finger and thumb
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, gout or diabetes
  • Prolonged, strenuous grasping.
  • Signs and Symptoms:
  • Soreness at the base of the finger or thumb
  • Painful clicking or snapping
  • Joint contraction
  • Stiffening

Diagnosis:

No x-rays or lab tests are used to diagnose trigger finger. It is generally diagnosed following a physical examination of the hand and fingers.

Treatment:

  • Limit activities that aggravate the condition
  • Drug Therapy
  • Injection of Tendon Sheath
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