Fishing Line Analogy

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One analogy that I like to use when I tell patients about trigger finger is that it can be similar to having a knot and you’re fishing line. So if you have a knot in your fishing line and you’re reeling it in, when that knot hits their line, it will get stuck. And if you use enough force, you can stop that knot right through the line, but not without that force. And typically what it does, it’s a violent action. That’s the same thing that occurs in trigger finger, where the tendon snaps through the pulley in the mid palm.

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