Trigger Finger

The hand therapists at Action Rehab are experienced in the assessment and treatment of trigger finger injuries. With a reputation endorsed by a number of organisations Action Rehab is the smart choice for treating your trigger finger.

  • No referral needed
  • Nonsurgical treatment prioritised where possible
  • Experienced in treating elite athletes and Rowers with Trigger Finger
  • Conveniently located across Melbourne and Gippsland.

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What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a common hand condition characterised by symptoms including clicking, locking or pain in the affected finger. It is seen in about two to three percent of the general population and can be very common in diabetic patients, pregnancy, rowing and repetitive gripping activities. Therefore, trigger finger makes up a significant proportion of our hand therapy patients.

Trigger finger is where the flexor (bending) tendons get caught in their sheath or pulley as they try to straighten. This presents as pain, then clicking and in severe cases locking or “triggering”. The exact cause of trigger finger is still relatively unknown.

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View the video below to learn more about what causes trigger finger in pregnancy and how Action Rehab protects the trigger and stops it from getting more inflamed. As explained by Action Rehab founder Ben Cunningham.

Trigger Finger and Pregnancy

Trigger finger can occur during or after pregnancy. This is commonly associated with swelling that can settle in the hands later in pregnancy or it could be due to damage (scarring) of the tendons that might have occurred after the birth of the baby. Trigger finger during pregnancy can be annoying and painful.

Diagnosing Trigger Finger

Trigger finger will start as just a little swelling or an inability to fully bend the fingers or fully straighten them. This is because swelling starts to settle in the knuckles of the fingers around the A1 or first pulley in the hand.

A mother holding a newborn baby
Group of rowers rowing together
Close up of trigger finger in motion

Hand Therapy For Trigger Finger

It is important when you have trigger finger that you choose an experienced therapist for your treatment. Therapists at Action Rehab have years of experience in the assessment and treatment of trigger finger.

Known for providing treatment for trigger finger and other hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries Action Rehab are Melbourne’s reputable hand therapists.

To make an appointment, enquire, or find your closest of our 12 locations call us on 1300 762 227 or schedule an appointment online.

Book a consultation with our senior therapist, Ben Cunningham. In this appointment Ben will advise management strategies and if you request ongoing care then this will be charged as per our current rates. Worksafe and TAC clients will not be charged personally for any consultations.

Trigger Finger FAQs

How common is Trigger Finger?
A. Very common in rowers, pregnancies and of the general population. It is one of the most common conditions seen at Action Rehab.

How is Trigger Finger caused?
A. Trigger finger can be caused by repetitive gripping such as rowing or by swelling in the case of pregnancy, or it can also be caused by diabetes.

Ben Cunningham Director at Action Rehab Hand Therapy

Ben Cunningham is currently the Hand Therapist at Melbourne Football Club (AFL) and the director of Action Rehab. Ben has over 20 years’ experience providing hand and upper limb therapy, including working in the United Kingdom at the Queen Victoria Hospital and as the senior clinician at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.


Action Rehab provide assessment and treatment for all conditions relating to the upper limb, include scaphoid fractures. Come and see our friendly staff today at a location convenient to you.