Ask the Doctors: Trigger Finger; Signs of Arthritis


Q: When I wake up in the morning my hand is curled into a fist. I have to straighten each finger with my other hand. What is this, and what can I do about it?

A: This may be a condition called stenosing tenosynovitis, commonly referred to as trigger fingers. With this condition, your fingers or thumb get stuck in a bent position. It can occur in one or more fingers. The ring finger is often affected. The fingers often feel stiff and painful when attempting to bend them. There may be a snapping or popping sensation when moving the fingers. In more severe cases, the finger gets stuck in a bent position, as if squeezing a trigger. The fingers or thumb may need to be gently straightened with the help of the other hand.

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