Conditions that affect the hand can have a life-altering effect, making everyday tasks more difficult. From stiffness to reduction in range of motion, swelling to pain, these five common hand conditions should be addressed by a hand specialist for the best chance of eliminating pain, numbness, tingling and swelling while regaining range of motion and strength.
Possibly the most well-known condition of the hand, carpal tunnel syndrome is experienced by 3%-6% of the general population. Often causing symptoms like numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the hand, it can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life. Luckily, there are treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome, but it’s important to consult a hand specialist early for diagnosis and treatment for the best chance at an optimal outcome.
Cubital tunnel syndrome sounds similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, because it is. Both of these conditions are caused by the compression of a nerve; however, cubital tunnel is the compression of the ulnar nerve within the cubital tunnel, whereas carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. Cubital tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, pain and numbness in the little finger and half of the ring finger.
Trigger finger is a hand condition that is characterized by a finger being stuck in a bent position. The name trigger finger refers to the ‘snap’ felt when straightening and bending the affected finger, much like a trigger being pulled or released. The tendon of the affected finger is inflamed when affected by trigger finger, and may have an area that swells that can be felt in the palm. This lump will move as the finger moves. Trigger finger can be quite painful and is a progressive condition, so it’s important to consult with a hand specialist when you first notice symptoms.
Dupuytren’s Contracture can sometimes be mistaken for trigger finger because both conditions lead to a finger being ‘stuck’ in a bent position. Unlike trigger finger, fingers that have been bent by Dupuytren’s Contracture can’t be straightened, even when using the other hand to try to straighten the finger. While the condition can’t be cured, surgery or Xiaflex, an FDA-approved non-surgical prescription treatment option, may be recommended for treatment to improve the functionality of the hand.
Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous, fluid-filled bumps on the hand or wrist. While the cysts themselves don’t typically cause pain, if positioned on a nerve, they can cause nerve pain. Ganglion cysts are not dangerous, but any unusual lump or bump should be examined by a doctor. Ganglion cysts sometimes resolve on their own, but if it is causing pain or interfering with the functionality of the hand, a hand specialist can surgically remove it.
If you need help with any of these five common hand conditions, the hand specialists of Midwest Hand Surgery are happy to see you. Our hand specialist teams combine their experience with a commitment to provide you with the most effective treatment for your condition. Our three convenient Chicagoland locations are Elmhurst, Palos Heights and Lockport. Please call or click here to schedule an appointment.
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