What is included in patient education for trigger finger (TF)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Satishchandra Kale, MD, MBBS, MBA, MCh(Orth), FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Tr&Orth); Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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As with patient education following any local injection, patients should be told to watch for signs and symptoms of infection and bleeding. Any suggestion of infection or excessive bleeding should be reported to the physician immediately.

Patients should understand that some increased tenderness may be noted at the injection site for 2-4 days, until the corticosteroid begins to have a significant therapeutic effect. If there is an inordinate amount of pain after the procedure, patients should contact the physician who performed the injection.

Patients should understand that a certain amount of numbness in the digit may occur if some of the local anesthetic has come into contact with a digital nerve; however, the numbness should resolve within a matter of hours after the injection. Significant, persistent numbness should be reported to the physician who performed the injection.

To minimize the risk of tendon rupture after corticosteroid injection, the patient should be advised that for a few weeks after the injection, he or she should avoid using the injected structures for excessively strenuous or forceful activity.


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