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Question (08/03/2011):

Title: The distal phalanx joint of my thumb is stuck .

The distal phalanx joint of my thumb is stuck.

I need to take more force to push and any movement in the joint is painful.

When I wake up during the night the problem is harder.

I have not had any injury and do not see any deformity in the finger.

What should and I can do?

Michael

Answer:

Dear Michael,

Thickening and constriction at the entrance of the digital fibrous sheath prevents easy gliding of the flexor tendons.

This problem is manifested by clinical symptoms of the finger "trigger" or "spring", to overcome resistance there is a sharp digital movement; sometimes your finger may be locked, "finger crimping", with inability to actively extend.

Conservative treatment with rest and local or systemic anti-inflammatory medication can solve the problem in some cases, but preferential treatment is the surgical opening of the digital fibrous sheath.


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