Mr Jeremy Read
MBBS, BSc, MSc (Sports Medicine), FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Hand & Wrist Surgeon
NHS Secretary 01923 217155      Private Secretary 07565 446713
Rest & Activity Modification. Whilst trigger digits are annoying and may be painful they are not
harmful. Some cases will settle over a period of a few weeks with rest and avoiding painful activities if

Splints. A splint to hold the finger straight, especially at night, can allow the tendon to rest within the
sheath and make it smoother.

Steroid Injection. An injection of steroid into the tendon sheath can help to relieve symptoms of
triggering in about 70% of cases. This may cure the condition though occasionally a second injection
is required.

Surgical Release. A small operation, normally performed under local anaesthetic where the pulley is
released to allow the tendon to run freely.