Trigger Finger Questions & Answers

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Satishchandra Kale, MD, MBBS, MBA, MCh(Orth), FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Tr&Orth); Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are the signs and symptoms of trigger finger (TF)?

What is trigger finger (TF)?

How is trigger finger (TF) diagnosed?

What are options for the conservative treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is trigger finger (TF)?

What causes trigger finger (TF)?

What is the disease progression of trigger finger (TF)?

Which digit is most commonly affected in trigger finger (TF)?

What is the occurrence of trigger finger (TF) in children?

What is the role of splinting in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the first-line therapy for trigger finger (TF)?

When is surgery performed to treat trigger finger (TF)?

What is the relevant anatomy of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the order of the pulleys in the anatomy of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the relevant anatomy of the thumb in trigger finger (TF)?

What is the pathophysiology of trigger finger (TF)?

What causes trigger finger (TF)?

What are systemic causes of trigger finger (TF)?

What are septic causes of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of carpal tunnel syndrome in the etiology of trigger finger (TF)?

What causes trigger thumb?

What is the prevalence of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the prognosis of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the prognosis of trigger finger (TF) following surgical release?

What is the prognosis of pediatric trigger finger (TF)?

What is included in patient education for trigger finger (TF)?

Presentation

Which clinical history is characteristic of trigger finger (TF)?

Which clinical history is characteristic of trigger finger (TF) in pediatric patients?

Which physical findings are characteristic of trigger finger (TF)?

DDX

Which situations can simulate the locking found in trigger finger (TF)?

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the most important differential diagnosis for trigger finger (TF)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Trigger Finger?

Workup

How is trigger finger (TF) diagnosed?

What is the role of radiography in the workup of trigger finger (TF)?

Which histologic findings suggest trigger finger (TF)?

How is trigger finger (TF) staged?

Treatment

What are the treatment options for trigger finger (TF)?

What the European HANDGUIDE recommendation for treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What are conservative treatment options for trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

How is trigger finger (TF) managed during pregnancy?

What are considerations for the treatment of trigger finger (TF) in elderly patients?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

How are corticosteroid injections administered in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of corticosteroid injection in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of nerve block injection in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

When is repeat corticosteroid injection indicated for the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the proximal phalanx technique for administering corticosteroid injection in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of subcutaneous corticosteroid injection in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of splinting in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

When is surgery indicated for trigger finger (TF)?

What are the benefits of surgery for trigger finger (TF)?

What are preoperative considerations for trigger finger (TF)?

What are the operative details of surgery for trigger finger (TF)?

What are the operative details of surgery for trigger thumb?

What is included in postoperative care following surgery for trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of Kapandji enlargement-plasty in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of physical therapy in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What is the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of trigger finger (TF)?

What are potential complications of corticosteroid injection for trigger finger (TF)?

How is bleeding from corticosteroid injection for trigger finger (TF) managed?

How is weakening of the tendon from corticosteroid injection for trigger finger (TF) prevented?

What are the adverse effects of fat atrophy following corticosteroid injection for trigger finger (TF)?

What are potential complications of trigger finger (TF) surgery?

Medications

What is the role of drug treatment for trigger finger (TF)?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are used in the treatment of Trigger Finger?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Trigger Finger?