Hand/Fingers/Thumb articles

Jersey Finger

Jersey finger is an injury to one of the different finger tendons. Most of the time, athletes will sustain this injury while participating in sports that require tackling like rugby or football. While the athlete is trying to grab the other...

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Finger Sprain

Finger sprains are injuries to your ligaments or any one of the three joints within the finger.  Since these injuries are often referred to as jammed fingers, it only makes sense that they are caused by jamming the finger into another...

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Hand Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis tends to be one of the most common forms of arthritis.  It affects millions of individuals from around the world.  Often known as wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis tends to occur when the protective cartilage along...

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Finger Proximal Interphalangeal (PIP) Joint Dislocation

PIP joint dislocations occur when trauma causes the bones within the middle joints in the fingers to become dislodged.  This often results in a painful, bruised and swollen joint that doesn’t move properly, if it moves at all.  Sprains...

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Finger Extensor Tendon Injury

When the extensor tendon is damaged, the finger joint can be injured.  If an object or ball strikes into the tip of the thumb or the finger, the force ends up damaging the thin tendon that is responsible for straightening the finger. ...

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Colles’ Fracture

A Colles’ Fracture is often referred to as a broken wrist. It is technically a break within the larger of the two bones in the forearm. In this situation, the bone will break on the lower end close to where the thumb side of the wrist and...

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Bowler’s Thumb

Bowler’s thumb happens when there is compression and possible damage to the nerves within the thumb.  Damage often occurs because the sizing of the thumb hole in the bowling ball isn’t the right size.  Repeated compression or friction...

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

An individual suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome has numbness in the hand and wrist pain. Symptoms are attributed to an irritated, inflamed or compressed median nerve, where it travels along the wrist. The carpal tunnel is formed from...

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Flexor Tendon Injuries

Deep cuts on the palm side of your hand, fingers, forearm and wrist can cause extensive damage to the flexor tendons, which are those tissues that help to control movement within the hand.  Injuries to the flexor tendon might make it...

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Bennett's Fracture

Two common fractures occur at the thumb's base, one of which is called Bennett's Fracture.  The fracture is quite worrisome because the broken bone involves the joint located between the wrist and the thumb.  If left untreated, these...

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Fingertip Injuries/Amputations

Injuries to the fingertips happen all too often at home, on the job and during play.  These injuries can occur when the fingertip is slammed into a car door, chopping vegetables and when trying to clear debris from a snowblower or...

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Boutonniere Deformity of the Finger

A boutonniere deformity results from an injury to the tendons of the fingers preventing the finger from being able to straighten fully.  The result is the middle joint in the finger ends up bending down, while the tip of the finger bends...

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