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Trigger Thumb

Trigger thumb makes it difficult to move your thumb properly. It’s often worse first thing in the morning and you might feel like your thumb is stiff, gets stuck or clicks when you move it. It’s also possible to have trigger finger.

The underlying cause of trigger thumb is inflammation or swelling in your tendons, which join together your muscle and bone so you can move your thumb freely. If the tendon or its sheath gets swollen, it can make movement difficult.


If you’re experiencing any symptoms of trigger thumb, you can book an initial consultation with Mr Sarker at his clinics in Essex or central London. He is also able to diagnose and treat trigger thumb in children.

During your initial consultation with Mr Sarker, he’ll chat to you about the symptoms you’re experiencing and may perform some tests on your hand to see what the problem might be. Once diagnosed, he’ll talk you through any suitable treatment options.


Treatment for trigger thumb depends on how severe your symptoms are. It’s important to get treated if you need it, as the condition can become permanent. Mr Sarker usually recommends:


Hand therapy and wearing a splint

Keeping your thumb straight is the key to recovery, so Mr Sarker may recommend you wear a splint for several weeks to help rest your tendons. Another option is hand therapy, where you’ll do gentle exercises to help your thumb recover and reduce pain. This might involve working with a physiotherapist or occupational therapist regularly.


Steroid injections

If your trigger thumb doesn’t get better with hand therapy and a splint, Mr Sarker may recommend you have a steroid injection in your thumb, which contains anti-inflammatories to bring down the swelling. This should help you be able to freely move the thumb again and can reduce pain.


Surgery for trigger thumb

It’s unlikely you’ll need surgery for trigger thumb. Generally, hand therapy and steroid injections are enough to cure the condition. If surgery is needed, Mr Sarker will make a small cut in the base of your thumb so it can move freely again. This is done under local anaesthetic, and you’ll be able to go home on the same day.

Mr Sarker will talk you through the process in detail to make sure you’re fully informed about the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my private medical insurance?

Yes, Mr Sarker is approved by all major medical insurance providers and these treatments are well recognised. You’ll need to make sure your particular insurer provides you with  authorisation at each stage of your journey.

Can I pay for my own treatment?

Yes, Mr Sarker is happy to see patients on a self-pay basis. If you’re looking for prompt treatment from an expert hand and wrist consultant, you can book an appointment with Mr Sarker by getting in touch directly. You’ll be made aware of all of the prices for anything you need well ahead of having them, so you can make the right decision for you.

How much is a consultation with Mr Sarker?

An initial consultation is £250, and a follow up consultation is £175. The price of any scans, tests or treatments will depend on the hospital you visit, but you’ll be made aware of any costs well in advance of any procedure, so that you can make an informed choice.

Do I need a referral letter to see Mr Sarker?

Mr Sarker is happy to see you without a referral letter, but if you’re using your insurance, you should check with them as they may request that you get one.

Where can I see Mr Sarker privately?

Mr Sarker has clinics in Essex and Central London. You can see them all here.

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