A trigger finger is a common condition that causes fingers to snap and get stuck in the palm. Often worse in the morning, patients complain that they awaken with their finger stuck in the palm of the hand. Straightening the finger can be painful and can cause a snapping sensation that is the source of the name “trigger finger.” Each of the fingers and thumbs can be affected by triggering, and all treatments discussed are useful for any digit. Trigger fingers occur more commonly in women (about 75%) and can occur in any of the fingers or the thumb.
Trigger finger can be painful and can get in the way of many activities. However, it’s not a life-threatening condition; therefore, treatment is never mandatory. If someone chooses, they can live with the symptoms, which sometimes resolve on their own.