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Trigger finger

Trigger finger

If your thumb or finger gets stuck in a bent position, you probably have a condition called trigger finger. Although it’s most often associated with arthritis, trigger finger can also be caused by a hand accident or strain.

Your thumb or finger could become permanently bent if the condition is left untreated, which could make performing everyday tasks difficult. Our trigger finger Specialists in London are available in as little as 24 hours to help.

Trigger finger: aftercare & rehab

Depending on the your age, general health and the severity of your symptoms, recovery from surgery normally takes about 2 weeks. If you've had surgery on multiple fingers, your recovery time may be longer.
You should be able to move your finger right away after the treatment. After a few days, the dressings can normally be removed to allow for more movement, and full movement should be restored within two weeks.

How soon you can resume your normal activities depends on your lifestyle. You should be able to use a computer immediately, drive after 2 or 3 days and play sports after 2 to 3 weeks.

If you have stitches you may have to visit the hospital again to have them removed, otherwise they should dissolve by themselves within 3 weeks.

If your finger was stiff prior to surgery, you may require specialised hand therapy to improve mobility, function and movement. Specialised hand therapy could include physiotherapy where manipulation, massage, and stretching exercises are used to help your hand move and operate more easily, or occupational therapy to improve your fine and gross motor skills.