Trigger finger is a condition that causes the finger or thumb to lock or catch in a bent position. It will straighten with a visible, sudden “snap,” and if it is severe, the finger may not fully straighten. Triggering is more pronounced in the morning and after firmly grasping an object. It is caused by binding “knot” in the palm that prevents smooth tendon motion.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan:: Treatments may include warm soaks, paraffin wax, ultrasound, phonophoresis, and/or splint fabrication to keep the knuckle joint straight, allowing the tendon to rest.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.