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Trigger Finger

When the tunnel that holds the tendons that move your fingers has a bump or is swollen it can’t slide smoothly. This can cause the finger or thumb to get stuck in the bent position. When it is unstuck it will pop back out like a trigger being released, but in severe cases cannot be straightened at all.


  • Finger is stiff or locks in a bent position
  • Painful snapping or popping when bending or straightening
  • A tender bump on palm side of hand at base of the finger


  • Buddy taping fingers
  • Wearing a splint
  • Heat and ice compresses
  • Cortisone shots to decrease swelling
  • A small incision in the tunnel via surgery can allow movement again.

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