Hand


Swan Neck Deformity of the Finger

A Patient’s Guide to Swan Neck Deformity of the Finger Introduction Normal finger position and movement occur from the balanced actions of many important structures. Ligaments support the finger joints. Muscles hold and move the fingers. Tendons help control the fine motion of each finger joint. Disease or injury can […]


Hand Anatomy

A Patient’s Guide to Hand Anatomy Introduction Few structures of the human anatomy are as unique as the hand. The hand needs to be mobile in order to position the fingers and thumb. Adequate strength forms the basis for normal hand function. The hand also must be coordinated to perform […]


Open Carpal Tunnel Release

A Patient’s Guide to Open Carpal Tunnel Release Introduction Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) occurs when the median nerve is squeezed as it courses through the wrist. The passageway through the wrist, called the carpal tunnel, is formed by the small wrist bones (carpals) on one side and a ligament on […]


Mucous Cysts of the Fingers

A Patient’s Guide to Mucous Cysts of the Fingers Introduction Mucous cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that form on the fingers. They are associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and usually develop in patients 50 to 70 years old. These cysts appear between the last joint of the finger and the bottom […]


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Introduction Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem affecting the hand and wrist. Symptoms begin when the median nerve gets squeezed inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist, a medical condition known as nerve entrapment or compressive neuropathy. Any condition that decreases […]


Mallet Finger Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Mallet Finger Injuries Introduction When you think about how much we use our hands, it’s not hard to understand why injuries to the fingers are common. Most of these injuries heal without significant problems, however some do not. One such injury is an injury to the […]


PIP Joint Injuries of the Finger

A Patient’s Guide to PIP Joint Injuries of the Finger Introduction We use our hands constantly, placing them in harm’s way continuously. Injuries to the finger joints are common and usually heal without significant problems. Some injuries are more serious and may develop problems if not treated carefully. One such […]


Finger Fusion Surgery

A Patient’s Guide to Finger Fusion Surgery Introduction Arthritis of the finger joints may be surgically treated with a fusion procedure. Fusion keeps the problem joints from moving so that pain is eliminated. This guide will help you understand what parts make up the finger joint why this type of […]


Finger Joint Arthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Arthritis of the Finger Joints Introduction When you stop to think about how much you use your hands, it’s easy to see why the joints of the fingers are so important. Arthritis of the finger joints has many causes, and arthritic finger joints can make it […]


Dupuytren’s Contracture

A Patient’s Guide to Dupuytren’s Contracture Introduction Dupuytren’s contracture is a fairly common disorder of the fingers. It most often affects the ring or little finger, sometimes both, and often in both hands. It occurs most often in middle-aged, white men. This condition is seven times more common in men […]


Thumb Fusion Surgery

A Patient’s Guide to Thumb Fusion Surgery Introduction Thumb arthritis may be surgically treated with a fusion procedure. The bones that form the thumb joint are set so they can grow together, or fuse. After fusing, the joint won’t move, and your pain should go away. This guide will help […]


Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

A Patient’s Guide to Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Introduction Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition affecting the wrist and hand. While the most common surgical procedure for a carpal tunnel release is still the open-incision technique, some surgeons are using a new procedure, called endoscopic carpal tunnel release. The […]


Dupuytren’s Contracture Surgery

A Patient’s Guide to Dupuytren’s Contracture Surgery Introduction Dupuytren’s contracture is a fairly common disorder of the fingers. It most often affects the ring or little finger, sometimes both, and often in both hands. The disorder may occur suddenly but more commonly progresses slowly over a period of years. It […]


Resection (Excision) Arthroplasty of the Thumb

A Patient’s Guide to Resection (Excision) Arthroplasty of the Thumb Introduction Thumb arthritis may be surgically treated with a procedure called resection arthroplasty or sometimes called excision arthroplasty. The term excision means to take out. In this surgery, the surgeon takes out a small bone at the base of the […]


Artificial Joint Replacement of the Thumb

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Thumb Introduction If nonsurgical treatments are not successful in easing problems of thumb arthritis, your doctor may recommend replacing the surfaces of the joint. Joint replacement surgery is called arthroplasty. This guide will help you understand which parts of the thumb […]


Thumb Arthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Arthritis of the Thumb Introduction 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 designed to give the thumb its […]


Guyon’s Canal Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Guyon’s Canal Syndrome Introduction Guyon’s canal syndrome is an entrapment of the ulnar nerve as it passes through a tunnel in the wrist called Guyon’s canal. This problem is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome but involves a completely different nerve. Sometimes both conditions can cause a […]


Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb

A Patient’s Guide to Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb Introduction Injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb is fairly common. This strong band of tissue is attached to the middle joint of the thumb, the joint next to the web space of the thumb. This condition […]


Artificial Joint Replacement of the Finger

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Finger Introduction If nonsurgical treatments are not successful in easing problems of finger arthritis, your doctor may recommend replacing the surfaces of the joint. Joint replacement surgery is called joint arthroplasty. This guide will help you understand what parts make up […]


Boutonniere Deformity of the Finger

A Patient’s Guide to Boutonniere Deformity of the Finger Introduction The tendons that allow each finger to straighten, the extensor tendons, at first appear to be relatively simple. But as the extensor tendon runs into the finger, it becomes a complex and elegantly balanced mechanism that allows very fine control […]