Treatments for Trigger Finger

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If trigger finger just involves that clicking or popping sound, without being overly bothersome, treatment can be as simple as releasing the affected finger and giving it a rest. Chronic trouble with locked fingers require a little more expert help. A Spectrum Health orthopedic hand specialist can examine and test your hands to help identify the best treatment for you. 

There are a variety of care options to consider. Based on the frequency, pain level and severity of your "locking," treatment ranges from pain relief medicine for mild cases to more involved care that may help avoid recurrences. 

While surgery is not needed in most cases, it can be a welcome option for severe trigger finger. If so, trusting our top 10 orthopedic program means you know you're in good hands.

Treatments We Provide

Corticosteroid Injection

Injections of one or more steroids deliver medicine to relieve pain and reduce swelling. For trigger finger, common injections include corticosteroids and pain relievers. Pain relief can take a week or two to reach full effect, and may last for months.


Surgery can be done to allow the tendon to glide more freely. After surgery, the clicking and popping goes away. For some, free movement returns quickly. For others, this may take a couple weeks.

Physical Therapy

Often physical therapy is part of your post-surgery recovery plan. However, physical therapy is used to prevent and relieve pain from many conditions, whether neurological or sports-related. Work with our physical therapists to restore strength and your healthy lifestyle.

Orthopedic Devices

Wearing a splint at night immobilizes your hand and wrist to prevent further injury. A splint can also help with pain relief by protecting the thumb.