Last Updated on Mar 15, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for trigger finger?

You should consult an orthopedic surgeon with special expertise in hand surgery.

2. When should I seek medical help for trigger finger?

You should seek medical help if your finger becomes stiff and bent, which you’re not able to straighten into its normal position. This may be accompanied by numbness, pain, and inflammation.

3. Does trigger finger go away by itself?

If the condition is not too serious and there is some degree of mobility left, it can resolve by itself with a few exercises. In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the deformity.

4. What is the recovery time after trigger finger surgery?

The surgeon usually removes the stitches within a couple of weeks after the surgery. The affected finger will then regain its mobility without any pain. However, it may take up to 6 weeks for complete healing.

5. Can trigger finger be treated without surgery?

If the condition is not severe, it can be treated non-surgically. In this case, a plastic finger splint will need to be worn to keep the affected finger in a straightened position. Also, corticosteroid injections may be required for reducing swelling and inflammation.

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