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A trigger finger is a finger stuck in a bent position. The bent finger usually straightens out on its own. A trigger finger can be painful, but it normally is not a serious problem.
Trigger fingers seem to occur more in some groups of people. These include people who have diabetes or arthritis or who have injured their hands in the past. This problem also occurs in musicians and people who grip tools often.
Rest, exercises, and other things you can do at home may help your trigger finger relax so that it can bend as it should.
You may get a corticosteroid shot. This can reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor may put a splint on your finger. This will give your finger some rest and avoid irritating the joint. You may need surgery if the finger keeps locking in a bent position.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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