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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Trigger Thumb (Definition)

-Otis of the thumb flexor. There is swelling that forms a problem for it 2 glide thu the confining pulley. Since the flexor is much stronger than the extensor, when U flex the thumb the swollen part is able 2 B pulled thru the pulley, but when U try 2 extend it feels locked, but then pops thru the pulley, & hence the name trigger thumb. U feel the snap ...Read more


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Hand was injured swollen inside bruised now freezing cold can move fingers but ring finger doesn't want to go all the way up. Is it broken or nerves?

Hand was injured swollen inside bruised now freezing cold can move fingers but ring finger doesn't want to go all the way up. Is it broken or nerves?

Hand Injury: You need to seek medical care as soon as possible. There can be several reasons for your symptoms. This is not the forum to seek advice about those symptoms. See your primary care physician, an urgent care or the emergency for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Severe thumb pain, not able to bend my thumb and it felt as though my joint popped out of place. No previous arthritis symptoms. Thumb injury?

 Severe thumb pain, not able to bend my thumb and it felt as though my joint popped out of place. No previous arthritis symptoms. Thumb injury?

Overuse probable: You would know is trauma occurred, if not overuse or gripping something too tightly, which is much more common than joints moving. See ortho doc, PMR to evaluate and diagnose, then treatment can resolve it. ...Read more

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I'm squashplayer.One of my finger locks every morning.I can barely straighten the locked finger but it's need some effort.Rtg shows nothing.Usg shows swelling of the hand tendon.What to do?Medsurgery?

I'm squashplayer.One of my finger locks every morning.I can barely straighten the locked finger but it's need some effort.Rtg shows nothing.Usg shows swelling of the hand tendon.What to do?Medsurgery?

Trigger finger seems: To be your problem. Next step might be a cortisone shot, which can relieve the pain/discomfort and allow the triggering to resolve (mostly temporarily). Then surgery would help to release the triggered finger. See an orthopod to help you. Good luck ; happy holidays. ...Read more

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Lacerated palm, cut fds 1/fpl/fcr/mdn nerve. 3.75 weeks out. In therapy, everything looks great so far but as i extend my wrist into neutral, tenodesis does not occur. Is this because of tightness?

Lacerated palm, cut fds 1/fpl/fcr/mdn nerve. 3.75 weeks out. In therapy, everything looks great so far but as i extend my wrist into neutral, tenodesis does not occur. Is this because of tightness?

Nerve damage: Peripheral nerves do heal but it does take time to regenerate. Occupational therapists will work on improving range of motion and reducing tendon tightness too. Discuss your progress with the surgeon who repaired your hand to obtain an assessment of your progress. ...Read more

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Trigger thumb.Hurts cont ,very bad when bend shooting pain into hand. Can't wear brace at work so taped thumb so it can't bend. Will this help?

Trigger thumb.Hurts cont ,very bad when bend shooting pain into hand. Can't wear brace at work so taped thumb so it can't bend. Will this help?

Probably not: Trigger thumbs and fingers ( a1 pulley 'nodular tenosynovitis') may respond to an injection of steroid occasionally .... If painful and persistent locking continue A1 pulley release surgically is treatment of choice. Taping will likely be of little benefit . Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I ended up cutting my index finger and having a flap of skin reattached does it ever happen the stiches do not take ?

I ended up cutting my index finger and having a flap of skin reattached  does it ever happen the stiches do not take
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Rare: With that type of injury and proper suturing technique it would be rare for you to have any problems. Expect you will heal fully. ...Read more

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Pinky finger is locked in "Trigger Finger". It's pointed downward and will not move. What can I do at home to help it?

Pinky finger is locked in "Trigger Finger". It's pointed downward and will not move. What can I do at home to help it?

Varies: You could attempt to manually extend it by using your other hand and then splint it in a straightened position. If this is not successful you probably will need to be seen. ...Read more

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Do hand surgeons put in hand implants or replace joints if you have really bad arthritis in the hand or fingers?

Do hand surgeons put in hand implants or replace joints if you have really bad arthritis in the hand or fingers?

Yes: Depends on age, activity level and which finger, how many fingers and which joint. Fusion is generally a more durable treatment and more useful for certain joints but replacement is a option for others.Generally in an arthritic hand with multiple joints both are used. ...Read more

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Why does the wrist area on the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore ?

Why does the wrist area on the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore ?

May be tendonitis: In most cases you would recall a sprain, but with the intermittent symptoms you are describing it may be that you are suffering from tendonitis. May people today suffer from tendonitis around the thumb from overuse (i.e. Smart phone use). Start your treatment with rice, and see a physician if symptoms don't subside. You may benefit from ot or a custom splint. ...Read more

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Left thumb constant pain in base joint and first joint can't grip well want to always pop the joints but that doesn't help pain stays in thumb?

Left thumb constant pain in base joint and first joint can't grip well want to always pop the joints but that doesn't help pain stays in thumb?

Some arthritis: Some Inflamation in the joint could be arthritic or if you somehow injured the digit. Try your best to test the hand and see if improves in a week or so. Iceing may be of some benefit as well ...Read more

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Previous hand fx 2 yrs ago no new injury severe thum pain palmar swelling can not open or grasp touching little finger to thumb hurts what the heck?

Previous hand fx 2 yrs ago no new injury severe thum pain palmar swelling can not open or grasp touching little finger to thumb hurts  what the heck?

Arthritis of thumb?: Can't be for sure what you have, but possibly some arthritis at the base of the thumb, especially if you use your hand/thumb a lot etc... If symptom has been ongoing and worsening for awhile, this is likely. If symptom comes on rather fast over couple of days, it could be gout--this can be very painful. Motrin/aleve may help. Consult doc asap. Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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When i do activities that involve thumb use(such as video games or texting) the bottom of my thumbs start hurting bad, rather quick. Why can this be?

When i do activities that involve thumb use(such as video games or texting) the bottom of my thumbs start hurting bad, rather quick. Why can this be?

Overuse: What you describe is the overuse of your thumbs. The bottom of your thumb is where your thumb meets the main part of your hand. You are having inflammation in the joint between the bones of your thumb and the bones of your hand.if you keep this up you will develop arthritis in that area from overuse. You need to give your thumb and the rest of your fingers a rest. ...Read more

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ER Dr said a tendon was cut from wrist laceration. I can wiggle all fingers but two are numb with limited ability to move. Well I need surgery?

ER Dr said a tendon was cut from wrist laceration. I can wiggle all fingers but two are numb with limited ability to move. Well I need surgery?

Possibly.: You should see a hand specialist to be fully evaluated. Depending on your movement problems and location of the lacerations they may be able to reattach some of the tendons to improve your movement. The numbness suggests nerve damage from swelling or possible cutting from the same injury, there is unlikely much that can be done about this beyond getting the wound cleaned out and infection free. ...Read more

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I suspect trigger finger on middle finger. Is it possible for it to be fine one day then lock the next? Or does it lock and stay locked? Tender, swell

I suspect trigger finger on middle finger. Is it possible for it to be fine one day then lock the next? Or does it lock and stay locked? Tender, swell

Trigger finger comes: And goes often before it is fully established a constant there different grades of trigger finger from mild crepitus without locking to a fully locked finger. We use a classification named after Quinnell. To grade these 1-5. Many with intermittent symptoms don't seek treatment once they understand they often will get treated if frequency of locking gets in the way of activity. See hcp to confirm ...Read more

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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