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Trigger Finger


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



  • NSAIDs: These medicines decrease pain and swelling. NSAIDs can be bought without a doctor's order. Ask which medicine is right for you and how much to take. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or hand specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Physical therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.


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

Wound care:

When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the incision with soap and water. Dry the area and put on a new, clean bandage as directed. Change your bandage any time it gets wet or dirty.

Contact your healthcare provider or hand specialist if:

  • Your symptoms do not go away or they return, even after treatment.
  • The pain, swelling, or stiffness interferes with your daily activities.
  • You have more trouble moving your finger.
  • Your finger is tingling.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You cannot move your finger at all.
  • Your finger is numb.

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