Trigger finger

Wita Hitaputra, SST.Ft

.• "Trigger finger" can also mean the finger which is used to operate the trigger of a gun or of a power tool.

snapping or locking of the involved finger flexor tendon. or trigger digit. is a common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching. as if releasing a trigger on a gun.• Trigger finger. associated with dysfunction and pain. trigger thumb. it pops back suddenly. • The label of trigger finger is used because when the finger unlocks. .

Etiology : Idiopathic It has also been called stenosing tenosynovitis (specifically digital tenovaginitis stenosans) .

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• The triggering is usually more pronounced in the morning. though it usually affects the thumb. or ring finger. .Clinical evaluation • Diagnosis is made almost exclusively by history and physical examination alone. • More than one finger may be affected at a time. or while gripping an object firmly. middle.

. The surgeon will cut the sheath that is restricting the tendon. • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs • Physical therapy: steroid iontophoresis treatment. phonophoresis (ultrasound with an anti-inflammatory dexamethasone cream). splinting. and Acupuncture. • Surgical procedure.Treatment • Injection of the tendon sheath with a corticosteroid is effective over weeks to months in more than half of patients. therapeutic ultrasound.

it benefits from exercises to stretch the finger straighter. .Recovery • Recurrent triggering is unusual after successful injection and rare after successful surgery. • While difficulty extending the proximal interphalangeal joint may persist for months.

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