Trigger Thumb in Children, AKA Congenital Trigger Thumb

Sep 29, 2020

Welcome to Regency Square Care Center, your trusted source for comprehensive geriatric and aging care services. In this article, we will discuss a common condition called trigger thumb in children, also known as congenital trigger thumb.

What is trigger thumb?

Trigger thumb is a condition that affects the tendons in the thumb, causing the thumb to lock or catch when attempting to straighten or bend it. In children, this condition is present at birth and is referred to as congenital trigger thumb.

Symptoms and causes

The primary symptom of trigger thumb in children is a noticeable clicking or snapping sensation when attempting to move the thumb. This is often accompanied by pain or discomfort. The exact cause of congenital trigger thumb is still unclear, but there are several factors that may contribute to its development.

One possible cause is an abnormality in the tendon sheath, the protective covering of the tendon. It is believed that the tendon sheath may be too tight or too small, preventing the smooth movement of the tendon. Another possible cause is an imbalance in the muscles and tendons of the hand and thumb.

Treatment options

At Regency Square Care Center, we offer a range of treatment options for trigger thumb in children. The appropriate treatment will depend on the severity of the condition and the age of the child. Our experienced healthcare professionals will carefully evaluate each case and recommend the most effective course of action.

Non-surgical treatments such as hand therapy exercises and splinting are often the first line of treatment for trigger thumb in children. These conservative measures aim to improve thumb mobility and reduce pain and discomfort. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to alleviate inflammation and pain.

If non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief, surgical intervention may be considered. The goal of surgery is to release the tight tendon sheath and restore normal thumb function. Our skilled surgeons utilize minimally invasive techniques to minimize scarring and facilitate faster recovery.

Prevention and ongoing care

While trigger thumb in children cannot always be prevented, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk. Encouraging regular hand and finger movement through age-appropriate activities can help promote healthy hand development and prevent the onset of trigger thumb.

Following treatment, ongoing care is crucial to maintain optimal thumb function. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals will provide detailed post-treatment instructions and recommendations to ensure a successful recovery. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns or questions.

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Christine Jones
Interesting information on trigger thumb!
Nov 11, 2023