Category : Thumb

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Video: Symptoms and Treatment for Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger is a common but debilitating condition of the hand. Its formal name is stenosing tenosynovitis and is sometimes called “trigger thumb.” Many times, the finger will lock up. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain at the base of the thumb or finger
  • Sensitivity to pressure
  • Lumps
  • Popping
  • Limited finger movement

Trigger Finger can interfere with daily activities such as cooking, playing music, typing, etc. Surgery can be an option for treating this condition, but night splints, medication, or steroid injections can also be possibilities. Watch our 5-minute video above for more information about trigger finger. You can also visit our trigger finger page.

Treatment for a hand condition varies depending on your situation. Find a hand surgeon near you to determine your best course of action.

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How to Treat Thumb Arthritis

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Thumb arthritis can cause you to feel pain and weakness when you try to pinch things (with your thumb and index finger) and also when you try to grasp objects. It can be painful opening jars, turning doorknobs or keys, and sometimes writing. This condition is genetic. Just like gray hair, it comes on with age; however, women tend to have thumb arthritis more often than men. With some families, it can show up at a younger age.

Like other types of arthritis, this condition is due to the thinning of cartilage, which covers our joints. Without this cartilage, the joints cannot allow the bones to move as smoothly as they normally would, which causes pain.

Because thumb arthritis is typically part of the aging process, treatment can sometimes be unnecessary. To ease the pain, the follow treatments are sometimes used:

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de Quervain's Tenosynovitis Hand Thumb

de Quervain’s Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment


De Quervain’s Syndrome
is a condition that can cause you to feel pain in your hand and thumb, especially when trying to grasp or twist something. It can happen to anyone, and doctors are not sure what causes it. The condition involves painful tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. This short video will explain the condition and what will happen if you  need surgery.

In de Quervain’s, the tunnel through which the tendons run becomes too narrow, causing pain. Some treatment options for this condition include:

  • Splint, which limits motion
  • Aspirin
  • Steroid injection
  • Surgery

Visit a hand surgeon to discuss the best treatment for you. Find one near you with our Find a Hand Surgeon tool. Learn more about de Quervain’s at www.HandCare.org.

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Ask a Doctor: Thumb Sprains

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Hand surgeon Mark Yuhas, MD answers your questions about thumb sprains.

I have a painful thumb joint after an injury. Could this be a sprained thumb?

Yes. A thumb sprain refers to an injury or tear of the thumb joint ligaments. A ligament attaches to bones around a joint to keep it stable. The most common thumb ligament injury is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL, side of thumb closest to the fingers). The radial collateral ligament (RCL, outside part of thumb) or volar plate (palm side) of the thumb may also be injured. The metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP, joint where the thumb connects to the hand) is most often involved in a thumb sprain.

How do thumb sprains usually occur?

An abnormal bending of the thumb joint typically causes a thumb sprain. The forceful bending can be from the side (classically as in holding a ski pole during a fall) or by a hyperextension (bending back) of the thumb. A fall onto an outstretched hand or a “jammed” thumb, such as during contact from a ball or during sports can result in a thumb sprain.

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Anatomy 101: Thumb Tendons

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Did you know that the tendons attached to your thumb run all the way up your forearm? There are four thumb tendons:

  • Abductor pollicis longus: This tendon helps you move the thumb away from the palm to form an open hand.
  • Flexor pollicis longus: This tendon helps you bend the thumb.
  • Extensor pollicis brevis: This tendon travels along the back of the thumb and helps straighten the thumb. It connects the muscle in the back of the forearm to the bone in the middle of the thumb.
  • Extensor pollicis longus:  This tendon also travels along the back of the thumb and helps straighten the thumb, but it connects the muscle in the back of the forearm to the bone at the tip of the thumb.

Learn more about anatomy of the fingers, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder at www.HandCare.org.

 

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Random Fact: Skiing Injuries

Close up of female skier hands  holding ski poles.Did you know? One of the most common skiing injuries is a thumb ligament tear. Learn how to avoid a ski or snowboard injury this winter at www.HandCare.org.

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Ask a Doctor: Thumb Arthritis

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Dr. Tamara Clancy answers your questions about thumb arthritis, also known as arthritis base of the thumb.

What is the painful bump at the base of my thumb?

This is more than likely wear-and-tear arthritis, and the bump is one of the bones (metacarpal) that becomes prominent as the joint wears out (cartilage thins).

What is the cause?

The cause is the cartilage in the joint thinning out.  Some of this is genetic (inherited).  Injury and joint laxity (being “double-jointed”) may contribute to developing this as well.  It is also more common in women.

Is there any way to know if my pain will get worse?

No — this is a problem that usually gets worse as we get older, but there is no way to predict how rapidly the pain will progress in a particular person.

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Anatomy Hand Thumb

The Value of the Thumb

from Medical Daily

Whether we’re doing fingerprints or we’re battling in a “thumb war,” we often take one of, if not the most valuable digit for granted. The thumb allows us to grasp objects, hitch a ride, and text message. But how powerful and versatile is our thumb?

 

In the BBC Series “Dissected,” hand surgeon Donald Sammut demonstrates to presenter Dr. George McGavin what gives the thumb its unique abilities by dissecting the human hand. “The general arrangement of the human hand has two hills and a valley in the middle, and these two hills consist of muscle, and they serve the little finger and the thumb,” Sammut says in the video.

Sammut strips away the tissues that protect the vital structures of the palm to look at the thumb. It’s surrounded by fat, which covers all of the important structures that pass through, such as major arteries, nerves, and flexor tendons — tissues that help control movement in your hand. The thumb has no fewer than nine muscles that are solely dedicated to controlling it, contributing to the precision of this intricate muscle system.


Learn more about anatomy of the hand at www.HandCare.org.

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