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Dr. Todd Siff

Hand Surgery
28 years experience

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Hand Surgery

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English

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Ligaments: If your wrist pops without pain, do not worry. This could be ligaments or the wrist capsule which is responsible. If you have painful popping, see a... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
See an orthopedist: Depending on your age and history, this could be sprain, meniscal injury or arthritis. Pain with bending and giving out argues to be seen by an orth... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Splinting versus sur: Mallet fingers can be treated with splinting for up to 3 months. Surgery is also an option.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Maybe: If the mallet finger is more than 3 months and you have full function, you do not need to get it looked at. If the injury is less than 3 months old, ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Unlikely: Carpal tunnel syndrome does a recurrence rate. It is not common for it to come back. Typically, the younger you are when it develops, the higher the... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Recovery 3 months: Without surgery, treatment can take between 6 weeks and 3 months. Surgery can take 15-45 minutes. Recovery can take up to 3 months.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Generally no: If you are actively being splinted, playing ball may affect the results of your outcome. It depends on if you have had surgery versus how many weeks ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Tendon rupture: A mallet finger is caused by the extensor tendon which pulls off the last bone in the finger (distal phalanx). Sometimes a piece of the bone also bec... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
No: Though we have not identified a genetic cause for trigger fingers, I have found anecdotally that some people have a genetic predisposition to getting ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Median nerve compres: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. This is due to an increase in pressure below the transv... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Rest, NSAID, immobil: After an injury, one should ice a swollen finger for up to 3 days - 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off with ice. If the finger is very painful after an... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Painless click ok: As long as it clicks without pain, you are ok. If you have persistent pain which is not improving, you should see an orthopedist.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
NSAID and rest: You can apply ice and or heat to the area. Take an anti-inflammatory medication like advil or aleve. If you do not have a history of trauma, give th... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Elevate hand: If your hand is just numbness and tingling, that is a nerve problem. Sometimes, swelling can cause numbness and tingling. To make matters more confu... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
No: If you were born with overlapping fingers, there is nothing wrong with that. If you had trauma and have new overlapping fingers, that can cause diffi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Elevate and ice: This is not unusual for a broken finger. Make sure that you are seeing a hand specialist to make sure that no treatment needs to be done. You can el... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Unknown cause: Nobody really knows what causes finger cysts. Some suggest a genetic predisposition versus trauma versus repetitive use. As long as the cysts are no... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Tendon rupture: A mallet finger is caused by the extensor tendon which pulls off the last bone in the finger (distal phalanx). Sometimes a piece of the bone also bec... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
No one knows: There are lots of theories to the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. But, no one knows. We know of certain conditions like Diabetes and thyroid proble... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Yes: Generally, this involves a reconstruction. Do not expect the finger to be normal after the surgery. But, a surgery can be helpful in many cases.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Nerves: Numbness of the fingers is generally a nerve problem. There are so many different explanations for this. If the numbness is affecting the thumb, ind... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Fragment is ok: As long as the fracture has healed, there should not be a problem. A small fragment of bone is not an issue.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
6 weeks to 3 months: A bruised and swollen knuckle can be a sprain of the ligaments or a contusion (as long as the xrays show that there is no fracture). If the pain is w... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Brace and rest: Wear a brace, take NSAID's if you can tolerate, apply ice, rest. If your pain does not improve or if you have a lot of pain, see a specialist. If yo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Pain with running: Pain in the hip area with weight bearing. Also, if you have pain with rotation your hip (internal or external rotation) can cause symptoms of pain. ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Splint or surgery: For mild carpal tunnel syndrome, we treat with a night splint. Sometimes a cortisone shot can be helpful. Surgery is the definitive treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Not bad: Definitely not. Fingers come in all sizes. As long as you have no pain nor functional problems with your fingers, you are fine. There are some rare... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
See specialist: Painful cracking of the wrist suggests some pathology in the wrist. See a hand doctor. If you have painless cracking, this is not unusual.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Broken fingers can: If an overlapping finger is due to an injury, this can be surgically fixed. If you were born with crooked fingers, this can not be fixed.
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Dupuytren and trigge: Dupuytren's cause your fingers to slowly lose extension. Locking is a trigger finger. They are two different problems. If the fingers lock but can ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Numbness and tinglin: Generally, numbness and tingling affecting the thumb, index and middle fingers are telltale signs. This is usually worse at nighttime. This can be p... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Brace and rest: Wear a brace, take NSAID's if you can tolerate, apply ice, rest. If your pain does not improve or if you have a lot of pain, see a specialist. If yo... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trauma: The most common cause of a broken finger is trauma or an accident. Typically, a finger will not spontaneously break. However, it is rare to have a c... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
6 weeks: At least 6 weeks. Nonweight bearing exercises are fine. Swimming is great for stress fractures. Stationary biking is ok.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Trigger finger: Generally, locking of the fingers or thumbs are caused by trigger fingers. This is a benign condition in which the tendon becomes entrapped around a ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Elbow tendonitis: This is really a tough question. This could be a tendonitis of the elbow, neck problems, etc. You said throbbing wrists (both)? If you are having b... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Stiffness: This really depends on the type of surgery that is done. General complications for finger surgery include nerve, artery, vein damage, bleeding, infec... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Yes: This is not unusual. Recovery can take up to 3 months.
A female asked:
Dr. Todd Siff
28 years experience
Vascular: Usually, this coloration suggests a vascular mass. If it is painful, see a hand doctor. If you have had this for a long time and it is not painful, ... Read More

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Baylor College of Medicine, TX
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