What causes trigger finger or trigger thumb?
Triggering of the finger is usually associated with trauma or repetitive use of the hand or finger. There are also connections with other conditions such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Another reason for triggering is general swelling of the hands as it happens for example in pregnancy.
Are there any alternatives to surgery?
Mild triggering is usually managed by non-surgical means initially. Some of these include splinting, steroid injection into the pulley, anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification. However, if the symptoms persist, surgery may be the best option.
How soon will I see results and how long will it last?
Most patients will have almost immediate improvement in their symptoms, however this differs between patients. For most patients the results are permanent however very occasionally some patients may having recurring symptoms and need further surgery.