Physiotherapy for Trigger Finger
Physiotherapy for Trigger Finger


What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger (also known as ‘trigger thumb’, ‘trigger digit’ or Stenosing tenosynovitis) is a common finger problem. It can happen in one or more fingers 

Trigger finger is characterized by locking of the finger or thumb in a bent position. The finger straightens with a painful snap, or may remain in a bent position – ‘locked’ and difficulty straighten out voluntarily. 

What causes Trigger Finger?

The cause of trigger finger is unclear. 

– Women more common than men. ages 40-60 

– Previous injury on their finger or thumb. 

– Activities that strain or overuse the thumb or finger, such as grasping or prolonged use of scissors or screwdriver 

– Swelling from inflammation or scarring around the tendons 

– Other medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and gout increase the risk of developing trigger finger. 

Signs and symptoms of Trigger Finger

– Pain when bending and straightening finger/ thumb 

– Popping, locking, or catching sensation in finger/ thumb 

– Swelling or lump in the palm 

– Stiffness in finger/ thumb movement especially in morning 

Physiotherapy Treatment for Trigger Finger

At Physioclinic, our physiotherapists provide specialised hand physical therapy for people who do not require surgery and for people after surgery or steroid injections. 

Physiotherapy treatment will help to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness and also regain functional movement of the finger 

Physiotherapy treatment may include: 

– Pain relief & Tissue healing treatments: Ultrasound to reduce swelling and accelerate healing 

– Soft tissue massage 

– Joint mobilisation and manipulation 

– Soft tissue massage 

– Hand exercises to stretch and strengthen. 

– Sports and work specific rehabilitation 

It is important to start Physiotherapy as soon as possible to prevent the condition from getting worse and to get you back to your normal level of functioning. 

Your physiotherapist at Physioclinic will guide you through your individualised treatment program to ensure a speedy return to everyday tasks and activities, either at work or at home. 

To get started on physiotherapy treatment for trigger finger or to book an appointment, please call/ SMS 9639 0509 or EMAIL US