Common Problems of the Wrist, Hand, and Elbow

Hand and Wrist Conditions

WRIST SPRAINS

Although the wrist appears simple from the outside, the inside of the joint is a complex interconnection of ligament, bones, cartilage, and tendons.

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Trigger Fingers

Triggering is a very common condition that affects the tendons that bend (flex) the fingers and the thumb.

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THUMB BASE ARTHRITIS

The thumb base is a common joint to be affected by arthritis. The joint experiences significant stress with any activity that requires pinching or grip.

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SKIER’S THUMB (ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT TEAR)

One of the most common injuries in the hand is a tear of one of the ligaments that supports the side of the thumb.

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MALLET FINGER

A mallet finger is a common injury caused by the tearing of a tendon at the tip joint of the finger.

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INFECTIONS

Like virtually every part of the human body, the hand is vulnerable to infections.

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GANGLION CYSTS

Ganglion cysts are common fluid filled lumps that form next to joints or tendons.

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FINGER SPRAINS AND DISLOCATIONS

Sprains and dislocations of the finger joints are one of the most common injuries to the hand.

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DUPUYTREN’S DISEASE

Dupuytren’s disease is a genetically-based condition that typically affects people of northern European ancestry over the age of fifty.

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CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is condition where a nerve is compressed as it enters the hand near the base of the palm.

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BROKEN BONES – SCAPHOID

One of the more common bones to break around the wrist is the scaphoid (sometimes called the navicular).

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Steroid Injections

Steroid, or “cortisone”, injections are a very common treatment for a wide range of painful or inflammatory conditions around the hand, wrist and elbow.

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