Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions
Trigger Thumb Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of Trigger Thumb
If your child has trigger thumb, they will have one or both of these symptoms:
- Popping, clicking or catching when they move their thumb
- Thumb locked in a bent position
You child may also have these symptoms:
- Pain and swelling in their thumb, usually near the base
- Bump on the palm side of their thumb, near the base
Trigger Thumb Diagnosis
Doctors can diagnose trigger thumb by asking about your child's symptoms and doing a physical exam.
If your child seems to have trigger thumb, the doctor will check to make sure they do not have some other problem, like a
or a joint that's out of place (dislocated).
The doctor will also check for signs of broader health conditions that may affect the hands, like
. (Most children with trigger thumb do not have any other condition.)