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I jammed my finger playing basketball a few weeks ago. I’ve rested my finger since then but still am unable to straighten my fingertip all the way. Should I seek medical treatment or is it jus ...more
Delayed Treatment of Mallet Finger InjuriesMallet finger typically occurs with jamming your finger, like hitting a basketball with a straight finger, forcing it to bend when not expected. If the tend ...more
Three hand surgeons from well-known centers for reconstructive hand surgery presented a lecture on complications following dislocations of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint. The lecture was giv ...more
If you are one of the many people who suffer from painful, degenerative arthritis of the hands, you may find the information in this article helpful. Two physicians from the Raleigh Hand Center (North ...more
Thirty-seven hand surgeons from around the world worked together over a period of years to gather data on the long-term results of using collagenase (Xiaflex) injection for Dupuytren's contracture. Th ...more
According to a new survey of hand surgeons, the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome has changed quite a bit from 25 years ago. This new study was done by the American Society for the Surgery of the Ha ...more
Fractures of the long bones of the fingers (called metacarpals usually only require casting and immobilization for a short time to promote healing. But if the fracture is separated (called displacemen ...more
In this report, a hand surgeon from the Southern Illinois Hand Center recaps his experience treating a rare fistula in the palm of 15 patients. All had either an injury to the palm or surgery with inc ...more
Fractures of the fingers that don't involve the joint are called extraarticular phalangeal fractures. The term phalanges refers to the finger bones. Of the three bones in each of the fingers, the phal ...more
The base of the thumb (where it joins the wrist) is a common spot for arthritis that can be very disabling. This joint is called the thumb basilar or carpometacarpal joint. Arthritis of the thumb make ...more
Imagine you have carpal tunnel syndrome that has not responded well to conservative (nonoperative) treatment. After having surgery to release the carpal tunnel but you didn't get the results you had h ...more
There is nothing more annoying than having your finger lock up on you and not being able to open your hand. Your hand gets stuck inside pants pockets. You can't reach into your pocket and pull out you ...more
n this study, outcomes of various treatments for basal thumb arthritis are investigated and compared with current trends in the treatment of this condition. Basal thumb arthritis refers to pain, stiff ...more
The results of this study from the Hand and Upper Extremity Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston may be of interest to anyone with carpal tunnel syndrome. They took a look at type of ...more
When you stop to think about how much you use your thumbs, it's easy to see why the joint where the thumb attaches to the hand can suffer from wear and tear. This joint is called the carpometacarpal o ...more
Two orthopedic hand surgeons from the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York use the example of a 66-year-old man with Dupuytren contracture to look at directions for future res ...more
New understanding of Dupuytren disease is changing the way the condition is treated. Surgery is less common now. Injections to dissolve the cords formed by this condition are becoming a preferred trea ...more
Studies show that taking antibiotics in preparation for hip replacement, surgery for hip fracture fixation, and breast reconstruction really does help reduce the risk of infection. But if you are havi ...more
Patients who have a hand condition called Dupuytren's contracture have three basic treatment choices. They can have an open partial fasciotomy (removal of the tissue), needle aponeurotomy (destruction ...more
Every surgeon must know the details of the anatomy in the area being operated on. But sometimes the body throws a ringer that can surprise even the most experienced surgeons. That's the case in this r ...more
People who have rheumatoid arthritis of the hands often develop a finger deformity referred to as a Boutonniere deformity. The name comes from a French word for "button hole". We will explain that fur ...more
You never really know or appreciate just what one little finger joint can do for you -- until you lose the ability to move it. But patients with osteoarthritis of the interphalangeal (IP) joint can te ...more
New Drug Treatment for Dupuytrens Disease May Replace Surgery Almost 400 years have passed by since Dupuytrens disease of the hand was first described by a Swiss physician. Since that time, surgery h ...more
Fears that older age (65 or older) increases the risk of complications (including death) from finger replantation can be set aside. According to this study from Stanford University, the risk of seriou ...more
There's no doubt that improved medical treatment has reduced the number (and severity) of hand, finger, and thumb deformities caused by rheumatoid arthritis. But these and other problems still do crop ...more
Pain, swelling, and loss of motion at the base of the thumb describe symptoms of carpometacarpal osteoarthritis (CMC OA) otherwise known as thumb arthritis. Just try and get along on a single day with ...more
Sometimes orthopedic surgeons have to be like Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective written about by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle back in the 1800s. Patients come in with all types of pain and symptoms. ...more
Some of the best minds in the world of rehabilitation have come together to formulate a scoring system for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Until now, patients were diagnosed with this condition ...more
Trigger fingers, De Quervain syndrome, and intersection syndrome are the topic of this review article. These three conditions have one thing in common: they all cause painful forearm, wrist, and/or ha ...more
You wouldn't think a fracture of the tip of a finger would be a big deal. But without proper treatment, the affected tip can end up in a bent position called mallet finger. That fixed position can be ...more
Promising Results with Less Invasive Treatment of Dupuytren's Disease Dupuytren's disease is a condition where the tissue just under the skin in the palm of your hand becomes thick and shrinks, pulli ...more
In this article, hand surgeons from the Upper Extremity Center of Atlanta Georgia offer a detailed review and update on peripheral nerve injuries of the arm. Their specific focus is tendon transfer tr ...more
As a result of this study, hand surgeons from Duke University (North Carolina) are suggesting the use of both arthroscopic and open incision surgery for one kind of painful wrist fracture that doesn't ...more
Since that time, research has continued in the area of hand therapy. Hand rehab programs have expanded to include all kinds of different ideas for post-op positioning, motion, and exercise. In this st ...more
It is quite likely that the most common injuries to the hand and wrist are those affecting the tendons. And, although they are common and have been known about for a long time, there are still disagre ...more
Ever felt nervous, jittery, or just plain irritable? You might think those are all emotional responses but in fact, that's your nervous system responding to whatever is happening in your life. The cen ...more
Are you over 65 years and suffering from carpal tunnel symptoms? This article reviews the post-operative outcome for clients who had surgery for carpal tunnel release and the outcome was 70-89% favour ...more
Mallet finger treatment is reviewed in this article. Although further research is indicated for this condition, Grapevine Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine have been advised to date that splinting ap ...more
Little by little, researchers are coming to understand what's behind the problem of trigger finger. Trigger finger (and trigger thumb) are conditions affecting the movement of the tendons as they bend ...more
Arthroplasty (joint replacement) can be done on many joints now, including the fingers. Metacarpophalangeal joints, or the knuckles at the base of the fingers, that have been damaged by rheumatoid art ...more
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem affecting the thumb, hand, and wrist. Symptoms begin when the median nerve gets squeezed inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist. The result is a medical ...more
Osteoarthritis is often called the wear-and-tear arthritis and most often hits the weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. However, osteoarthritis of the trapeziometacarpal joint, the joint at ...more
A trigger finger is a condition where a finger is stuck in a bent position as if pulling a trigger. The tendon in the finger, the tough fibrous tissue that controls the finger's motion, becomes irrita ...more
One of the many conditions that can affect your hand is Dupuytren disease. It was first written about in 1614 but it was only in 1831 that the disease was defined and described in detail to medical st ...more