Trigger Finger. Anyone dealing with this???

Znak

Professional
My wife used to have it — she got it from using a hammer drill when doing renos on her old place. It took about 2 years for it to clear, you need a doc to analyze it to see if steroid shots will help, but in general, they say steroid shots don't really help all that much. I personally think you're better off seeing a physio, but again best to always get it checked out with your doc first.
 
How has anyone dealt with this???
I know someone who successfully treated it with a concoction of 1Tbsp apple cider vinegar + 1c unsweetened cranberry juice. Then again, it could have been the placebo effect but there is a certain body of research to support the anti-oxidants in these 2 ingredients helping out an inflammation problem like TF.
 

eagle

Hall of Fame
Trigger finger on both middle fingers. No kidding. :)

Started 2 years ago.

Frequent lockup and pain with the right hand middle finger got worse early last year.

I sought an ortho's help. He administered cortisone. It alleviated the pain but only for a couple of months.

After a two applications of cortisone, I opted to get surgery on it.

Three months post surgery, it was completely healed.

The left hand trigger finger isn't bad enough for surgery. It locks up occasionally but it is tolerable.

I won't hesitate to get the operation if it ever gets bad to the point like I had with the right hand middle finger.
 
Trigger finger on both middle fingers. No kidding. :)

Started 2 years ago.

Frequent lockup and pain with the right hand middle finger got worse early last year.

I sought an ortho's help. He administered cortisone. It alleviated the pain but only for a couple of months.

After a two applications of cortisone, I opted to get surgery on it.

Three months post surgery, it was completely healed.

The left hand trigger finger isn't bad enough for surgery. It locks up occasionally but it is tolerable.

I won't hesitate to get the operation if it ever gets bad to the point like I had with the right hand middle finger.
What did the surgeon do to alleviate the problem?

Also, did you ever figure out the root cause or did your doc say it was more hereditary than anything else?

I ask because what if it comes back on the operated finger?
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I had it in the joint of the base of my right thumb (I am right handed).

Pain, locking, uncontrolled twitching.

It was treated with a cortisone shot and I have not had a recurrence in that spot. The shot did the trick.
 

eagle

Hall of Fame
What did the surgeon do to alleviate the problem?

Also, did you ever figure out the root cause or did your doc say it was more hereditary than anything else?

I ask because what if it comes back on the operated finger?

The video below provides a good description of trigger finger and the surgery to fix it.


As far as cause of the problem for me .... I was doing landscaping for a few hours ... clearing tall grass and bushes and exerting a lot of energy pulling them from the ground.

About an hour after the chore while resting, both hands cramped and stay locked for about 30 minutes. Excruciating pain. I ran hot water over both hands for a while until the cramp subsided and the fingers released. After that, the trigger finger on both middle fingers started and got progressively worse.

No chance of the trigger finger returning on the finger that has been operated on since the "tunnel" has been widened to clear the nodule.

Well worth it for me. It's a quality of life thing.
 

RogueFLIP

Professional
Treat this all the time.....soft tissue mobs, myofascial release to break up adhesions and restrictions in the tissue.

Find a physical or occupational therapist.

Surgery as a last option.
 
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