Trigger thumb treatment

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If a child’s trigger thumb has not resolved on its own by the time they are 3 years of age, the thumb remains in a bent position and the child cannot manually extend the thumb, then minor surgery will be done to correct the condition.

Key points

  • Trigger thumb refers to a thumb that catches or gets stuck in a bent position.
  • Trigger thumb is very common in children and, in a small percentage of children, can resolve on its own. However, many children will require surgical treatment.
  • Treatment involves minor surgery where a small incision is made in the tendon sheath to allow the tendon to move freely.
Last updated: July 10th 2023