Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger

If you wake up in the morning and your thumb or finger is “locked” in a flexed position, you may have a trigger finger. Trigger finger is inflammation around the tendons to your fingers or thumb. Tendons are held in place on the bones by a series of ligaments called pulleys. Irritation to the tendon may cause a nodule to form, which makes it difficult for the tendon to slide through the pulley. When the tendon catches and then suddenly releases, you feel a “triggering” sensation.


  • One of the first symptoms of trigger finger is soreness at the base of the finger or thumb.
  • The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when bending or straightening the finger.
  • In some cases, the finger or thumb locks in a bent or straight position as the condition gets worse and must be gently straightened with the other hand.


The treatment for a trigger finger is aimed at decreasing the inflammation around the tendon, which includes:

  • Resting the finger or thumb.
  • Sometimes a splint is used
  • Taking oral anti-inflammatory medication.
  • A small injection of cortisone into the area of inflammation.
  • If conservative treatments do not relieve your symptoms then a trigger finger release may be performed to open the pulley and allow the tendon to glide smoothly again.

Trigger Finger

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