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Hard Lump Finger Joint
Common hand lumps: Include ganglion (cyst), foreign body, or it's inclusion cyst or epidermal inclusion cyst, benign solid tumors. Nodules from dupuytrens disease, gout or inflammatory arthritis. Malignant or metastatic disease can occur but is very rare. At times tendinitis is associated with swollen tissue that feels like a lump and nerves or blood vessels can swell talk to your pcp and/ or see a hand surgeon ...Read more
Ganglion: This sounds like a ganglion cyst also known as a retinacular cyst. This is a fluid filled sac that comes from the tendons that bend down the fingers. To confirm the diagnosis I would recommend trying to remove the fluid with a needle. These usually go away, sometimes they require surgery to remove. ...Read more
Callous PIP finger: I would suspect using something like scissors in your work or hobby. Can do 2nd opinion and you can send pictures and we can talk to figure out what it is. ...Read more
Hard bump (bone like hardness) on my left pinky finger joint where finger att to hand. Hurts most when I have to grab a ball (ie. Spread my fingers).?
Ganglion cyst: The most likely diagnosis in someone your age is a cyst of the tendona ...Read more
Therapy: Depending upon the cause of the stiffness, you might need to see an occupational therapist. They work with problems of the hand. You might have a trigger finger, arthritis, dupuytren's contracture or joint inflammation. See a board certified orthopedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
It depends: First, your doctor needs to diagnose what is causing the swelling. There can be many causes and each one requires a different treatment. If it is caused by arthritis, anti-inflammants may be prescribed. If it is an infection, antibiotics. If it is from trauma; rest. You get the picture. Get a diagnosis first and then the treatment is prescribed. ...Read more
See dermatologist: If you have a skin rash that is persistent I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more
Finger pain: It depends on what is causing the pain. Some causes of joint pain are self limiting but others require treatment. If the pain has been there for a long time and is not improving, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a slightly crooked finger joint due to an accident a few years back. Will wearing a splint fix it?
No: At this stage of the game I doubt any splinting will help and a consult with a hand doc could offer you some treatment options if you were looking to fix the problem. ...Read more
How do I unlock a completely siezed finger joint? Its immovable actively/passively. Had surgery to repair the tendon, but it's been locked for 5 weeks
Joint release: You may need a capsulotomy and joint release. A tenolysis may also be necessary if the tendon is also scarred. Make sure you see an experience hand surgeon. ...Read more
What does it mean when your finger joint feels out of place and you can't really bend it. Also, got a xray and they said they are no evidence of an acute injury.
Ligament injury: It's unlikely a joint dislocation although I've seen plenty of patients with "normal" X-rays who have significant joint injury. I recommend you see an orthopedist or Hand specialist asap. The hand is intolerant of injury and missed problems can really leave lifelong problems. ...Read more
As it sounds: There are joints in the hand that have joint replacements available. In this procedure, the diseased joint is respected and replaced with a mechanical one with the goal of reducing pain and improving function. ...Read more
Get evaluated: You should see your doctor to get evaluated for a correct diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more
Anything is possible: I suppose this could be the case and depending on the laxity of your joints, any underlying issues you may have such as marfan's syndrome, or a pain tolerance condition such that you don't feel as much pain, but otherwise, you should have a very painful, swollen, deformed looking finger and I would recommend an examination. ...Read more
What is wrong if my finger joint keeps swelling up every 2 to 3 months after being bitten by a cat?
Cat bite: Go see your doctor. Recurrent swelling and pain after a cat bite could represent an infection. Other possibilities could include joint, tendon, ligament damage caused by the puncture wound. Inflammatory issues such as synovitis or even arthritis could cause recurrent symptoms as well. ...Read more
Frequently when I touch things (open a door, pick up the phone) if anything touches my finger joint I get severe pain enough to bring tears?
Dysesthesia: This sounds like a problem with hypersensitive nerves in that area. The condition is called dysesthesia (or hyperesthesia, in your case) as usual stimuli causes pain (not numbness). It can be due to the delayed effects of an old injury / accident (if it affects the nerve), or from medications, toxins, or other conditions that attack the nerves. Talk to your doctor or use HealthTap Prime to get Rx. ...Read more
Psoriatic arthritis : Typically, shows up as distal arthritis with the structure of the joint being very compromised and irregular. We often referred to it as a saw tooth pattern in the joint. When the whole finger is swollen it is more likely an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis associate it with finger swelling its call dactylitis ...Read more
See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more