Dr Stuart Myers

Trigger Finger Injections


See the general section on hand injections and also the Handout on Trigger fingers

Beware  -   Common digital nerves
               -  Flexor tendons
• Note relative safe zone over flexor sheath


• Palpate the flexor sheath and mark the line with your thumb nail -
You do not have to inject into the sheath - superficial is perfectly adequate


− Get the patient to flex their fingers in & out if you are having trouble
• Clean with alcohol swab then no touch technique

• If the needle  goes too deep  it will hit the flexor tendon
−  not the N/V bundle



Never inject against resistance
• Aim to inject superficial to flexor sheath
− The local anaesthetic and cortisone  will leak around the inflammed synovium just proximal to the A1 pulley

Ask patient to gently move their fingers while injecting

If the needle moves with finger ROM it is in the tendon!!!

The finger will be numb for an hour.   Sometimes the triggering increases due to the volume of fluid but this rapidly resolves.