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Arthritis literally means "inflamed joint". Arthritis results when the smooth gliding surfaces of the joint, the cartilage, are damaged or wear down - we all get it to some extent. Rare, systemic causes include rheumatoid diseases.
A droopy or bent fingertip is a classic sign of a mallet finger. Mallet finger is when the tendon that is responsible for lifting or straightening the end of your finger is injured.
A mucous cyst is a sac filled with fluid that forms in the back of a finger joint and is caused by arthritis. This gelatinous fluid originates from the joint and surfaces as a cyst. Some cysts can become painful as they grow in size.
Trigger Fingers and Thumbs
Triggering or "locking" of the digits originates from swelling of the tendons as they pass through normal tunnels at the base of the fingers. This "catching" or "locking" can make it difficult to straighten the fingers naturally.
Dupuytren's Disease is a progressive and genetic condition of the skin and fascia (tissues under the skin in the palm) that causes bending or contraction of the fingers into the palm. It occurs slowly and usually without pain.
Fractures and Dislocations
A fracture occurs when enough force is applied to a bone to break it. Many people think that a fracture is different from a break, but they are the same. A dislocation is when a joint comes out of its socket.
Thumb/CMC Joint Arthritis
Arthritis at the base of the thumb, or the Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint, occurs for many reasons. It may occur due to a traumatic injury or more often, it occurs from a general wear and tear on the joint and is much more commons in women.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A compression of the median nerve at the wrist. The highlight symptoms of carpal tunnel are numbness, tingling and/or pins and needles of the thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger, and NOT the small finger.
DeQuervain's is a special tendonitis of the wrist. The tendons of the thumb pass through a tight tunnel at the base of the thumb and wrist. As the swelling of the tendons increase, wrist and thumb pain may occur.
A Ganglion is a balloon-like structure that arises from a joint or tendon. The gelatinous fluid from the joint or tendon escapes through a one-way valve and it appears as an unexplained lump or bump on the front or back of the wrist or finger.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are rope-like structures that hold bones together at a joint. These types of injuries are common in falls and sports. The wrist is usually bent backwards or twisted when the hand hits the ground.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is second only to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as a nerve compression problem in the upper extremity. It is caused by pressure on the Ulnar nerve or "funny bone" at the elbow causing numbness of the small finger.
Golfer's Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis
A degeneration of the rope-like attachments of the finger and wrist tendons that attach to the inside part of the elbow or medial epicondyle. Pain is typical to the inside area of the elbow with lifting or pulling activities.
Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis
A degeneration of the rope-like attachments of the finger and wrist tendons that attach to the inside part of the elbow or lateral epicondyle. Pain is typical to the outside of the elbow with lifting and wrist extension activities.
Bursitis is an inflammation or swelling of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac located around a joint which lessens the friction caused by movement. Shoulder bursitis can be caused by injury or overuse and can cause pain with certain movements.
Frozen Shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is the thickening and contracture of the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint. It is characterized by limiting motion and stiffness and usually dull aching which can be worsened with attempted motion.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tear is a common cause of shoulder pain. The "cuff" is made up of four muscles and their tendons that work together to lift and rotate the arm and stabilize the shoulder joint. Damage to or tears in the rotator cuff can occur after injury, fracture or dislocation.
A shoulder dislocation usually means the head of the upper arm or humerus is out of the socket. A subluxation means the humerus is partially out of the socket, a complete dislocation means all the way out of the socket.