Acupuncture may be able to help some patients with trigger thumb, unless the patients have underlying disorders or other factors associated with the condition, explains the British Acupuncture Council. The best treatment for the condition is a steroid injection, while surgery is usually a permanent cure, states MedicineNet.
There is almost no research done on acupuncture treating trigger thumb, notes the British Acupuncture Council. While steroid injections done by traditional doctors are successful, they often need to be repeated, and there is a limit on how many a person can get in one area. Thus, people may turn to complementary medicine to get relief and avoid surgery. Acupuncture is based on the flow of an energy called qi that needs steady flow, rhythm and balance in the body for organs to function properly. Treatment depends on correct diagnosis and whether any structural changes, such as bone growth, have occurred.
If a patient undergoing acupuncture treatments does not experience relief from trigger thumb after four or five sessions, acupuncture may not be able to help the patient, explains the British Acupuncture Council.
Structural changes in the body may be responsible for the lack of results, or not enough sessions have been conducted. It is up to the patient to continue treatment, as treating trigger thumb with acupuncture is very individualized. The best way to figure out if acupuncture can help is to consult a qualified acupuncturist.