TF is a condition in which one of the fingers gets stuck in a bent position.  The finger may bend or straighten with a snap-like a trigger being pulled and released.

It occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger.  If TF is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.  It is one of the most common causes of hand pain and disability.

The exact etiology remains unknown, but certain conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis may predispose an individual to triggering of the digit.  People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions, and also women, are at higher risk of developing TF.

Non-surgical treatments consist of stretching exercises, corticosteroid injection, and acupuncture.


At the impaired A1 pulley site is an effective treatment for trigger finger (by reducing inflammation/swelling of the synovial membrane of the tendon sheath) which predominates when the disorder is of short duration.


Of one of my patients after 7 sessions of treatments of acupuncture:

Dear Parisa Taslimi,

I am very pleased to tell you that I can now bend my thumb!!!
Thank you so very much for all you did for me.  I will let my family doctor know also.


Jacqui Wilkinson