Before I go to see a doctor about what I think is a trigger finger, is there anything I can do at home for it?
While it's always best to get a doctor to confirm what the problem is so that you don't end up doing any more damage to your finger, there are some at-home treatments that people use for relief of trigger finger. They include:
- Icing the area for up to 15 minutes at a time to relieve swelling and pain
- Over-the-counter pain medications (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin
- Splints at night to keep the finger in a naturally more straightened position
- Reducing actions that may aggravate the condition
Tamara D. Rozental, David Zurakowski, and Philip E. Blazer. Trigger Finger Prognostic Indicator of Recurrence Following Corticosteroid Injection. In Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. August 2008. Vol. 90. Pp. 1665-1722.
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