(Stenosing Tenosynovitis; Volar Flexor Tenosynovitis)
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- tenosynovitis (swelling of synovial sheath)
- Finger or thumb stiffness
- Finger, thumb, or hand pain
- Swelling or a lump in the palm
- Catching or popping when straightening the finger or thumb
- Finger or thumb stuck in bent position
- Asking you to move the affected finger or thumb
- Feeling the hand and fingers
- Corticosteroids—given as an injection into the synovial tendon sheath to reduce swelling of the tendon sheath
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and pain:
- Adjust your workspace to minimize the strain on your joints.
- Alternate activities when possible.
- Take breaks throughout the day.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.aaos.org
American Society for Surgery of the Hand http://www.assh.org
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
HealthLink BC http://www.healthlinkbc.ca
Salim N, Abdullah S, et al. Outcome of corticosteroid injection versus physiotherapy in the treatment of mild trigger fingers. J Hand Surg Eur Vol . 2011 Aug 4.
Trigger finger. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated June 12, 2012. Accessed October 24, 2012.
Vance MC, Tucker JJ, et al. The association of hemoglobin a1c with the prevalence of stenosing flexor tenosynovitis. J Hand Surg Am . 2012 Sep;37(9):1765-1769.
- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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