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Trigger finger - what are the options?

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ckmelb

My mum's finger has increasingly stiffened over a few years to the point where in the last few weeks it is permanently bent. She had cortisone injections (at least 3) a couple of years ago that gave temporary relief. More recently she's started putting ice on it a few times a day because it's sore. 

An ultrasound this week has shown no obvious causes except for inflammation. The GP she went to is a bit useless in my opinion and prescribed her Mobic but said "it probably won't help and the side effects are bad ...". I'm getting a copy of her ultrasound and will get her to do a telehealth GP second opinion.

She's otherwise in good health, 67 years old, no other medication.

What else could she try? Should she have it taped or splinted? For those in Melbourne an GPs or specialists you would recommend? (PM me please). 

Also if this sounds like arthritis what are her next steps? It's her index finger of her right hand so a pretty important finger!

Thanks in advance for ideas and thoughts

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IamOzgirl

My mum taps her arthritic fingers each and every night. 

Try that? 

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22Fruitmincepies

My dad has had surgery for trigger finger. It worked quite well. 

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MsLaurie

Has she seen a Hand Therapist? It’s a specialisation that sits between physiotherapy and occupational therapy. You shouldn’t need a referral. They should be able to figure out whether exercises etc can help, or if surgery is the best option.

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meljbau

I'd second a hand therapist. They will give her some exercises and make her a splint. They will also let her know if and when it needs surgery and liaise with her GP and surgeon.

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ckmelb

Thanks all for recommendations 

She's booked in to see a hand therapist next week (thanks @meljbaufor the PM) and I ordered her a generic splint from an online occupational therapist.

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Lees75

Hand therapists are the best! I’m an OT myself, but see a hand therapist, who happens to be an OT, for an elbow injury. She is amazing.

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GeminiSix
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I had surgery on mine to release it after one lot of cortisone which only lasted 6 months.  It got to the point where it would lock up when I was writing at work and I had to snap it open.  Was a day procedure and have had no issues since.  My daughter also had it in her thumb and had the surgery as well.

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