Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Trigger Thumb Treatment

Friday, 18 Feb 2011 10:19 AM

Question: How is trigger thumb treated?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Trigger thumb, a painful condition that causes the thumb to bend and lock, is best managed by an orthopedic or hand specialist.

When the injury is recent, extended splinting (for weeks if not one to two months) can prevent the need for surgery to correct this deformity, which is usually caused by inflammed tendons. The splinting should be performed under physician guidance and followed to be sure anticipated results are seen.

Even when delayed several weeks, splinting still has some reasonable success. Delays in management or inappropriate splinting decreases the usual success of non-surgical management. Surgery is usually reserved as a final option for failed
conservative care.

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