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What are the symptoms of Trigger Finger?

  • Trigger Finger is a painful condition that causes the finger or thumb to catch or lock in a bent position.
  • It causes soreness at the base of the finger.
  • The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when trying to straighten the finger.
  • One or more fingers get stuck, especially in the morning when waking up.

Ask Dr. Budoff, the Hand, Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder Specialist

Trigger finger is a very common condition.

  • Trigger fingers can occasionally get stuck in extension, making it difficult to fully bend the finger.
  • A steroid injection is often effective initial treatment.
  • The earlier the finger gets injected, the better the injection works. Injections work better if done within 4 months of the start of triggering, compared to after 6 months.
  • Trigger fingers are associated with stiffness, so it’s important to maintain full finger motion.
  • If an injection or two fails to cure the trigger finger, it can almost always be
    permanently cured with a minimally-invasive surgical release.

If you choose Trigger Release Surgery:

  • This is a quick, outpatient procedure that works extremely well.
  • The finger can be used the day after surgery.
  • To minimize pain, avoid heavy gripping or lifting for 2 weeks.
  • The wound should be kept dry for 48 hours, after which showering is allowed.


For more information, call 713-800-1120 and book an appointment with
Dr. Budoff in the Houston MedCenter, Clear Lake, Pearland or Katy.