Can trigger finger heal on its own?
Trigger finger can recur but the condition generally corrects itself after a short while. More severe cases may become locked in the bent position and require surgery to correct it.
What is the best way to treat trigger finger?
The quickest and most effective treatment is a local cortisone injection into the tendon sheath around the affected tendon. Most patients will respond well to the steroid injection (corticosteroid injection such as kenalog, depomedrol, and others). Trigger finger can recur after a period of normal function.
What will happens if a trigger finger is not treated?
In most cases, trigger finger is a nuisance rather than a serious condition. However, if it is not treated, the affected finger or thumb may become permanently stuck in a bent position or, less commonly, in a straightened position. This can make carrying out everyday tasks difficult.
When should you see a doctor for trigger finger?
Seek immediate medical care if your finger joint is hot and inflamed, as these signs may indicate an infection. If you have any stiffness, catching, numbness or pain in a finger joint, or if you can’t straighten or bend a finger, make an appointment with your doctor.
Is hot or cold better for trigger finger?
Heat or ice: Heat or ice can be applied to reduce swelling. Placing your hand in warm water several times throughout the day can also relax the tendons and muscles in your fingers and hand. Exercise: Gentle exercises may help decrease stiffness and improve range of motion.
Is trigger finger a form of arthritis?
The short answer is, No! In addition, A trigger finger is also not a dislocating finger or a knuckle being ‘cracked’.
How long does it take for trigger finger to heal without surgery?
It will probably take about 6 weeks for your finger to heal completely. After it heals, your finger may move easily without pain. How soon you can return to work depends on your job. If you can do your job without using the hand, you may be able to go back 1 or 2 days after surgery.
How can I stop my trigger finger from getting worse?
Some ways to help prevent trigger finger include:
- avoiding repetitive grasping or gripping motions.
- avoiding the use of vibrating hand-held machinery.
- avoiding any activity that worsens symptoms of trigger finger.