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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Is it true that aching in thumb joint is always arthritis?

Is it true that aching in thumb joint is always arthritis?

No: Can be ligamentous injury, synovitis, tendonitis, gout or other inflammatory condition. Or could be post traumatic deformity due to previous fracture you need to seek follow up care. Osteoarthritis is most common arthritic change of thumb joints and you are very young for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do you know if aching in thumb joint always means arthritis?

Do you know if aching in thumb joint always means arthritis?

Not always: could be ligament sprain as well. See sport medicine doctor to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 16 years old and today after using my thumb a bit it started to ache at the base joint. is this normal from just overuse?

What to do if I am 16 years old and today after using my thumb a bit it started to ache at the base joint. is this normal from just overuse?

Body talking: It's your body's way of telling you "cut out what you are doing". Learn to listen to your body as you go through life - it will help keep chronic injures and pain to a minimum. So, yes, it is likely just an overuse irritation that will settle down in a couple of days if you don't repeat the stress. For now, put some ice on the area and if really uncomfortable, take some ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Lately my right thumb has started becoming very sore deep in the joint and painful to move. Could it be from texting too much and what should I do?

Lately my right thumb has started becoming very sore deep in the joint and painful to move. Could it be from texting too much and what should I do?

Could be....: But.... I hate to blame it on texting when there are many other things that could do this. If your thumb is red swollen or warm or if it is progressive you should see someone. ...Read more

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After using my thumb a bit it started to ache at the base joint. Is this normal from just overuse?

After using my thumb a bit it started to ache at the base joint. Is this normal from just overuse?

TheModernThumbScrew: That's a more common problem of Modern Man. Started with typewriters and got much worse with smart phones. It has been called "Blackberry Thumb," due to overuse of the thumbs using that small keypad. Skiers can get it if they fall grasping their poles. Some weight lifters can get it. It can get get real bad if you're not careful.Best to back-off for a while and use some Motrin. Taping helps too ...Read more

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Woke up with sore thumb despite normal when going to bed. It keeps popping all day at the joint. Minor pain but mostly annoying. Cause? Outlook?

Woke up with sore thumb despite normal when going to bed.  It keeps popping all day at the joint.  Minor pain but mostly annoying.  Cause?  Outlook?

Trigger Thumb?: You MAY have Trigger Thumb, a condition resulting from an inflamed tendon. Here's a link http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/trigger-finger#1 You you may have simple sprain or something else. Please see your doc for diagnosis and treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sore joints and fingers and thumb, could it be a tendon thing?

Sore joints and fingers and thumb, could it be a tendon thing?

Possibly but rather: Improbable, as there is no single tendon going to all fingers or the thumb. Sounds more lie some arthritis, gout or pseudogout, unless a crush injury to the whole hand has affected multiple fingers/thumb. Do get yourself checked by an orthopod or a hand surgeon. Your pcp can help direct you in the right way. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your joint around your thumb hurts and is a little green and is sore?

Possible infection: You may have an infection there that may need to be drained. See a doctor or go to an immediate care center. ...Read more

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I have a hard bump on my thumb joint it is quite tender when pressed and does ache from time to time?

I have a hard bump on my thumb joint it is quite tender when pressed and does ache from time to time?

Likely arthritis: Arthritis of the finger joints causes bone spurs and cysts. These can be hard and painful, with some stiffness. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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I have noticed that my right thumb has more movement in the joint than my left thumb. also i can feel a hard small lump in the base of the thumb joint. it swells after use and aches?

I have noticed that my right thumb has more movement in the joint than my left thumb. also i can feel a hard small lump in the base of the thumb joint.  it swells after use and aches?

Exams needed: Women tend to have lax joints. A hand surgeon is best to evaluate your thumb. Many heart murmurs are insignificant but a physician or cardiologist can usually detect serious ones. An echocardiogram detects abnormalities of heart valve and muscle,if any. Low blood pressure is often normal in young females but your physician takes a history,examines you and then orders appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake with my thumb knuckle, joint feeling sore,can barely hold something. When I move I can hear something clicking in place?goes away

Tendinitis : If anti ccp is + think rheumatoid arthritis. But given history it could be reactive arthritis to infections and immune related due to hep c. Complete arthritis work up is needed for RA, REactive Arthritis . Is not symmetrical and lasts long time every morning I recommend Mod work up . But from description I would think of tendinitis just under thumb Palmer side. Local steroid injection gives +++ ...Read more

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I've been having sharp pains in inside knee as well as base of thumb on right hand. comes and goes often the last two weeks especially. random aches in joints?

I've been having sharp pains in inside knee as well as base of thumb on right hand. comes and goes often the last two weeks especially.

random aches in joints?

TryPainMeds/SeeMD: Pain in multiple joints at the age of 47 years as described by you may be due to some activities like strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects.If you have not tried,try over the counter non steroidal pain meds like Naproxen or Ibuprofen if no allergy or other contraindication.If it persists then you need to consult your Primary Care Doctor and get checked as there are several possibilities ...Read more

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thumb keeps turning purple right above the first joint and is sore and tight feeling when I bend it. It comes and goes, is it a broken blood vessel?

 thumb keeps turning purple right above the first joint and is sore and tight feeling when I bend it.  It comes and goes, is it a broken blood vessel?

Not a bruise: if it comes and goes. Must be reversible blood flow issue. Most commonly it is RAYNAUD"S PHENOMENA from variation in blood flow often due to cold exposure. ...Read more

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Painful lump r armpit 49 f dental hygienist general aching r arm numb fingers r wrist neck bicep thumb middle & ring joint swelling on & off 3-4 month?

Painful lump r armpit 49 f dental hygienist general aching r arm numb fingers r wrist neck bicep thumb middle & ring joint swelling on & off 3-4 month?

Cervical pressure: This could be related to pressure on your cervical vertebrae , if the nerve is under pressure it could send numbing sensation into your arms and fingers, it is affecting you r side. You need to see an orthopedic surgeon and get it diagnosed properly. Hope you get better. ...Read more

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Ache in my left shoulder joint that radiates down arm into a tingling sensation in hand, resulting in numb thumb. I'm a type 1 diabetic w/ Hashimoto's?

Ache in my left shoulder joint that radiates down arm into a tingling sensation in hand, resulting in numb thumb. I'm a type 1 diabetic w/ Hashimoto's?

Many causes: There are many causes including your known diabetes, Hashimoto's, trauma, plexopathy, radiculopathy, etc. See your physician to explain the symptoms in detail, and if necessary, you may be referred to a neurologist for additional evaluation. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000593.htm ...Read more

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I recently started exercises. But my tendons/metacarpo-phalangeal joint on front side hand have become sore,swelled and skin peeled off.

I recently started exercises. But my tendons/metacarpo-phalangeal joint on front side hand have become sore,swelled and skin peeled off.

What kind iexcercise: ? And what is the front if the hand? Are you talking so the palm? Or the top? If the palm and you were grabbing something like weights or a chin up bar or a monkey bar that would be secondary to friction if not please give more info.... ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Body Aches (Definition)

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