Trigger Finger

  • Known as “Digital Tenovaginitis Stenosans”.trigger finger 2
  • A localized inflammation at the point where the tendon enters the sheath and develops a nodule
  • Swelling and inflammation of the tendon together with the narrowing of tendon sheath cause the ‘locking’ of the finger
  • Caused by excessive repetitive handwork or unconscious fist clenching
  • Commonly occurs on postmenopausal women, patient with diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Symptoms :-
    • Feel clicking, locking or popping when flex or extend the affected fingertrigger finger 3
    • Joint stiffness
    • Some might feel painful
    • Tenderness over MCP joint


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