What is the role of drug treatment 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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For patients with trigger finger (TF), medications are used primarily to decrease pain and inflammation in conjunction with the rehabilitation plan. Thus, the most common medication treatments are focal corticosteroid injection at the site of maximal tenderness or inflammation and the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

The most common corticosteroid preparations used include prednisolone, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone. Commonly, the corticosteroid is mixed with a local anesthetic agent prior to injection.

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