Trigger thumb is a common condition marked by pain and limited mobility in the affected thumb. Symptoms often include an audible 'catching' or locking of the joint during movement, as if pressing on a trigger. While potential causes like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, diabetes and trauma may increase risk factors - the true cause remains unknown.
Symptoms of Trigger Thumb
- Audible popping sound and pain upon flexion and extension
- Thumb catches or gets stuck in flexion and may need to be pulled straight
- Pain and tenderness along distal palm radiating to thumb
- Tenderness over the A1 pulley when pressure is applied
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Treatment Options for Trigger Thumb
Trigger thumb can cause severe discomfort, so early detection and treatment is essential for successful pain management. Applied cold therapy along with anti-inflammatory medications are recommended to reduce inflammation at the outset; however, if locking of the tendon occurs in a flexed position corticosteroid injections may be needed. If problems persist even after these treatments have been done percutaneous release could be used as an option to loosen up the affected area allowing greater range of motion.
In order to limit range of motion and provide necessary rest time splinting with an Oval-8 Finger Splint should also be considered when dealing with this issue. Available in Classic Beige and NEW Oval-8 CLEAR the lightweight and comfortable Oval-8's can help patients ensure their injection or surgery receives maximum benefit, in addition to protecting against symptom reoccurrence.
By wearing this post-treatment for several days, users will be reminded to limit strenuous activities during the critical 3-4 day period following an injection.
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