Trigger Finger Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Trigger Finger treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Trigger Finger

Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. The goal of treatment is to reduce swelling and pain. This will allow the tendon to move freely in the sheath. Treatment options include the following:


Stopping movement in the finger or thumb is often the best treatment for mild cases of trigger finger. A brace or splint may be used. Rest may be combined with stretching the muscle tendon unit.


Several medications are used to treat tenosynovitis. These include:

  • Corticosteroids-given as an injection into the synovial tendon sheath to reduce swelling of the tendon sheath
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and pain:
    • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
    • Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)


Severe cases of trigger finger may not respond to medications. In this case, surgery may be used to release the tendon from a locked position. This surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. It only requires a small incision in the palm of the hand.

If you are diagnosed with trigger finger, follow your doctor's instructions.


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