Trigger Finger: Adult and Pediatric Treatment Strategies

Orthop Clin North Am. 2015 Oct;46(4):561-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2015.06.014. Epub 2015 Aug 13.


Trigger fingers are common tendinopathies representing a stenosing flexor tenosynovitis of the fingers. Adult trigger finger can be treated nonsurgically using activity modification, splinting, and/or corticosteroid injections. Surgical treatment options include percutaneous A1 pulley release and open A1 pulley release. Excision of a slip of the flexor digitorum superficialis is reserved for patients with persistent triggering despite A1 release or patients with persistent flexion contracture. Pediatric trigger thumb is treated with open A1 pulley release. Pediatric trigger finger is treated with release of the A1 pulley with excision of a slip or all of the flexor digitorum superficialis if triggering persists.

Keywords: A1 pulley release; Corticosteroid injection; Percutaneous release; Trigger finger; Trigger thumb.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Child
  • Fingers / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Trigger Finger Disorder / classification
  • Trigger Finger Disorder / therapy*