Trigger Finger

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Trigger finger is when your finger or thumb gets stuck in a bent position and snaps, pops, or clicks when you straighten it.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

Splinting may not decrease your signs and symptoms. Steroid injections or tendon release surgery may damage the tendon or nerves in your finger. After tendon release surgery, your finger may be stiff, painful, or weak. Your finger may be bruised and you may get an infection. Your signs and symptoms may return, even after treatment. Without treatment, your symptoms can get worse. Your finger may become locked in the bent position.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine: Caregivers may give you medicine to take away or decrease your pain.

    • Do not wait until the pain is severe to ask for your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease. The medicine may not work as well at controlling your pain if you wait too long to take it.

    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling a caregiver when you want to get out of bed or if you need help.

  • Steroid injection: This medicine helps decrease inflammation. It is given as a shot into your finger. You may need more than 1 injection.

Treatments:

  • Splint: You may need to wear a splint for up to 6 weeks to keep your finger straight. This will help your finger joints rest and prevent you from bending your finger while you sleep.

  • Physical therapy: You may need to see a physical therapist to teach you special exercises. These exercises help improve movement and decrease pain. Physical therapy can also help improve strength and decrease your risk for loss of function.

  • Tendon release: This is surgery to cut open a small piece of the tendon sheath so that your tendon can slide smoothly. Your caregiver may do this through an incision or with a needle.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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