How to Get Relief From a Trigger Finger

Updated on July 23, 2017
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A couple of months ago, I started having problems with stiffness in my finger. I learned that this is a condition called "trigger finger."

Trigger Finger or Snapping Finger

Wow, I feel like I have been falling apart lately. I started having problems with a trigger finger a couple of months ago, before my accident with my ankles. I decided to look online to see what I could find out about a finger that felt stiff and like it kept sticking. I learned that this condition is called "trigger finger."

I started researching ways to treat trigger finger, and I learned about some exercises that I have been doing for a couple of weeks or so. By doing these exercises, and by wearing a finger splint, I have had some good results.

Finger Abduction Exercise

By practicing these exercises along with wearing a finger splint, I have really seemed to get some relief within the last couple of weeks. Most of these exercises have been fairly easy for me to do. I normally do each exercise about 10 times each per day, but they could probably be done about 5-10 times each, or as needed.

There are many exercises out there, such as squeezing a tennis ball or stress ball for about 5 seconds and then releasing. You can do this about 5-10 times daily. I chose to stick with these exercises, since I didn't have one of those balls handy.

These next two exercises enhance blood circulation to the trigger finger.

I got the following exercises from

"Have the injured finger placed side by side with a normal finger. Let the thumb and index finger of your other hand press slightly the two fingers placed together. Then, apply slight resistance to the two fingers as you move them apart using your index finger and thumb. Have the resistance adequate for the two fingers to separate."

Another Similar Finger Abduction Exercise

"Separate the injured finger as far away from the closest normal finger. Allow the two fingers to form a V position. Have the index finger and thumb of your other hand push the two fingers against the other fingers. Then, press slightly the two fingers bringing them closer together."

These two exercises also strengthen smaller ligaments.



Another Good Exercise to Try

Another exercise which I haven't tried yet involves folding a towel in half and grabbing it with your affected hand. Then, you scrunch it while you apply pressure with your fist. Hold this position for awhile and then release. You can do this move about 8-10 times a day.

Finger Stretch Exercise

You can stretch your injured finger by placing your hand down on a surface. Use your other hand to raise the trigger finger up, leaving the rest of your fingers flat. Slightly stretch it for a few seconds. Let the injured finger rest and repeat as needed.

This is one exercise that I haven't been doing much because it mentioned it would help make the affected finger move after surgery. Since I haven't had surgery, I wasn't doing this exercise, but I think I will now include this one in my exercises too to help. It seems fairly easy and could help even more.


You can spread your fingers as wide as you can, and then, bring them close together, holding for a few seconds as you do each move.

You can also bend your fingers backwards and forwards doing this move, and holding for a few seconds.

You can also push the thumb back to stretch the joint while the thumb is in the upright position.

Stretches help to relieve swelling.

Causes of Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb

The cause of trigger finger is usually unknown. Factors that put people in greater risk of developing trigger finger are as follows:

  • Trigger finger is more common in women than men.
  • It most frequently happens between the ages of 40-60.
  • More common with people that have medical problems such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • May occur after activities that strain the hand.

Gliding Exercise for Tendon

"Spread your fingers widely while you can, and slowly bend them to let it touch the palm of your hands. You can begin by touching the top of the palm; spread again and move down to the middle; spread again then move to the bottom. When you have done this exercise, you can have your thumb touch all your fingertips, then down to your palm. Repeat the exercise when needed and perform slowly, pausing if you feel pain."

I have found this exercise on several sites. From what I have read, this is one of the most effective trigger finger exercises if performed correctly. I sometimes have trouble with this exercise, trying to touch the top of the palm and the middle of the palm, but I always at least touch the bottom of the palm. Apparently, you can also put your hands in warm water to relieve stiffness.

Strengthening Exercise

You can use a rubber band and place it around your fingertips and thumb by pinching them together. Then, do a pumping motion as you try to straighten your fingers some. You would be extending fingers and thumb away from each other and then close together against the tension of the rubber band.

Strengthening exercises will increase blood flow and speed up the recovery.

Exercise Video for Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb

The video below by two physical therapists shows you how to do the exercises with the rubber band for strengthening, stretching exercises, and massaging.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Trigger Finger or a Snapping Finger or Thumb



Trigger Finger Splint

Vive Trigger Finger Splint - Support Brace for Straightening Curved, Bent, Locked and Stenosing Tenosynovitis Hands - Tendon Lock Release Stabilizer Brace - Half Finger Pain Relief Knuckle Wrap
Vive Trigger Finger Splint - Support Brace for Straightening Curved, Bent, Locked and Stenosing Tenosynovitis Hands - Tendon Lock Release Stabilizer Brace - Half Finger Pain Relief Knuckle Wrap

This is the splint I bought a little over a week ago, and it has already really helped to relieve my trigger finger, along with doing the exercises daily. I have been wearing the splint at night, and sometimes during the day. The splint keeps you from curling your finger while you sleep, which could exacerbate trigger finger. It seems to have helped me to even be able to do one of the exercises that I was having trouble with. The splint and exercises have even helped me to be able to make a fist with that hand now which I was struggling with. This splint was well worth the money and then some.


Symptoms of Trigger Finger

  • Tender lump in palm
  • Swelling
  • Catching or popping sensation in joint
  • Pain bending or straightening finger

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More Help for a Trigger Finger

Others things besides exercises and splints can help you with a trigger finger, such as:

  • rest
  • ice or heat
  • medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • steroid injections
  • surgery

You can also do light massages when you don't have the finger splint on.

Sustainable Exercises

I like that all the exercises are fairly simple and convenient. I also like that all you need is a rubber band to do the last exercise, so you can pretty much do these exercises anywhere at anytime.


The man in the video below says he was able to cure his trigger finger in 6 months, by taking the P-5-P supplement. He would also do a massage, a hand exercise in hot water for 15 minutes, and he wore a splint some. He would take a total of 150 mg. of the P-5-P throughout the day.

I have started taking a much lower dose of the supplement to see if it helps, but I do not have a severe trigger finger like he did.

How To Heal Your Trigger Finger Video

Things are Looking Up


Further Reading

Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments below, and I will try to respond.

I have written more articles on being mentally healthy, positive thinking, and techniques. If you are interested in learning more about that, please read my other articles. You may want to start with my very first article, titled: "Introduction to Freeing Yourself From Your Problems." I have also written articles about recovering from injuries and speedy recovery tips.

Thank you for reading.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      • tomsmithnow profile imageAUTHOR

        Tomi Smith 

        7 months ago

        Kenneth, thank you for all of your kind comments.

        I was hoping this article might help others that may be struggling with a painful trigger finger.

        The finger splint really seems to help me at night. I don't wake up with that painful finger anymore.

        Thank you for reading and commenting.

      • kenneth avery profile image

        Kenneth Avery 

        7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Tomi -- amazing; in-depth; professionally-written and displayed. Thank you for publishing such a great piece of writing.

      • tomsmithnow profile imageAUTHOR

        Tomi Smith 

        19 months ago

        Janean, thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked learning about a trigger finger and found the article helpful.

      • JaneanOverman profile image

        Janean Overman 

        19 months ago from Virginia

        Well written. I enjoyed reading that. I love learning something new. This is really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

      • tomsmithnow profile imageAUTHOR

        Tomi Smith 

        19 months ago

        Janice, thank you for reading and writing a comment. It may come in handy for another reader that is struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, and may not even realize they have arthritis.

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        19 months ago

        I have been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for my whole life, it started about in my early 30s back in the 90s. I would have my hand swell up to big red balloons around my knuckles and I wouldn't be able to move the hands at all. What I did notice that helped relieve the pain, but not the swelling was Absorbine Jr. The arthritis cream made it easier with the stiffness and the pain when I had the worst conditions. The swelling and the movement were still bad though and sometimes that made it hard to do the easiest of tasks around the house. The thing I noticed at first and the early signs were pain and the swelling. The swelling where my knuckles would get red where the first indications that I had rheumatoid arthritis I searched for alternative treatments and started on rheumatoid arthritis herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the rheumatoid arthritis disease natural herbal formula.i read reviews from other previous patients who used the herbal formula,i am now active, i can now go about daily exercise!!

      • tomsmithnow profile imageAUTHOR

        Tomi Smith 

        19 months ago

        Thank you for reading and commenting, Mary! That is a good idea that you vary your movements throughout the day, and that you will try these exercises, that could possibly prevent you from having trigger finger issues.

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        Mary Wickison 

        19 months ago from Brazil

        I had never heard of this before. Now I am much wiser and if it occurs I will know what to do. I do tend to ensure I get a wide range of movement with my hands.

        Too much time doing a repetitive movement isn't a good thing so I try and vary it during the day.

        I'll try these exercise just to keep them supple and flexible.



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