Finger Hand Trigger Finger

5 Signs You Have Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a condition that can cause discomfort at the base of the finger or thumb, right where the finger joins the palm. Officially known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger can also be referred to as “trigger thumb.” This condition involves the tendons that bend the fingers. These tendons normally glide easily with the help of pulleys, which hold the tendons close to the bone. In individuals with trigger finger, the pulley becomes too thick, making it difficult for the tendon to glide.

Here are five signs that you may have trigger finger:

  1. Pain/discomfort at the base of the finger or thumb
  2. Popping-sound when you move your finger
  3. Catching feeling
  4. Limited finger movement
  5. Lump at the base of the finger or thumb

Sometimes, trigger finger can be caused by repetitive gripping.  Other times, it can happen with individuals who have other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout or diabetes. It can, however, be treated. Your hand surgeon can help you determine the best treatment method to reduce your pain and eliminate the catching. This may mean you will wear a night splint, take anti-inflammatory medication or change your activity habits. You may also need surgery.

A treatment plan for trigger finger will be different for everyone. Find a hand surgeon near you to determine the best strategy.

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9 Comments
  • Lisa Willis
    March 12, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    If you have two fingers, (middle, and ring fingers) on the same hand, can both be done at same time, or does it require two separate surgeries? Thank you in advance, and, I look forward to your reply.

  • Sally Guilmant
    March 2, 2019 at 2:26 AM
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    It came on suddenly in both my thumbs – literally overnight. It is so painful when they stick in the extended position.

    • March 4, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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      My thumbs both had the pain and popping/ catching start overnight also. Is that normal? What is everyone doing to help with the pain?

    • Lin Amendt
      March 10, 2019 at 11:29 AM
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      Mine also started in both hands overnight–in fingers, not thumbs. But I have no pain or swelling. Strange. My fingers are just “sticking”! Osteoarthritis? I’m 69. I think it’s repetitive movement injury of tendons from cell phone texting. Good study for someone to pursue.

  • debbie
    February 28, 2019 at 9:31 AM
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    I too have all the symptoms, just came on out of no where… ugh…

  • Sheils
    February 20, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    I have all of the symptoms . They just came out of nowhere one day.

  • Madge Cartwright
    January 13, 2019 at 9:58 PM
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    I have all those symtoms

    • Pamela
      February 8, 2019 at 9:22 AM
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      Me too ! Have to wait for surgery.

      • March 4, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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        What made the dr decide on surgery? If you don’t mind me asking? Is this the only way to make them better long term? Thank you for any information.

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