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What kind of doctor could you go to for a swollen joint in your thumb?

What kind of doctor could you go to for a swollen joint in your thumb?

Likely PCP / Ortho: As a family physician, I would say your primary care provider (pcp) would definately be a good place to start. From there, you may need to see any number of specialists, if your pcp is concerned. These may include an orthopedist, rheumatologist, or infectious disease specialist. However, it is likely most efficient to see your pcp to get an initial evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

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What type of doctor would you go to for a swollen thumb joint?

What type of doctor would you go to for a swollen thumb joint?

PCP: You should start with your primary care doctor. They will be able to diagnose and treat most causes of thumb swelling. If not, they'll be able to send you to the correct specialist. ...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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Sever cat bite 3 days ago hand swollon red warm to touch and very painful. Bite on wrist the pain in joint running up arm. Should I go back to doctor?

Sever cat bite 3 days ago hand swollon red warm to touch and very painful. Bite on wrist the pain in joint running up arm. Should I go back to doctor?

Yes: You could have cat scratch fever. This can occur from a cat scratch or bite. It is due to an infection. Cat scratch disease is an infection caused by bacteria known as Bartonella henselae. You need to see your physician and if the diagnosis is confirmed you need immediate antibiotics. You may need to see an infectious disease specialsit. ...Read more

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Jamed thumb four weeks ago it is still swollen painful and bruised went to doc and it's not broke going to orthopedic oct. 6th what could be wrong?

Jamed thumb four weeks ago it is still swollen painful and bruised went to doc and it's not broke going to orthopedic oct. 6th what could be wrong?

If at the CMC joint-: -of the thumb on the side adjacent 2 the index finger, an ulnar collateral ligament injury is the most common & many don't heal well, especially if not properly Dx'd & treated. Many need an MRI 2 access the position of the torn proximal end, as it can get trapped & unable 2 reattach without surgery. ...Read more

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My wrist is mildy swollen between bottom of thumb and wrist joint. What could be the condition and what would be treatment.

My wrist is mildy swollen between bottom of thumb and wrist joint. What could be the condition and what would be treatment.

Arthritis or Tendon: This is likely to be either one of two things. Either basal joint arthritis of the thumb or dequervains tendonitis. There are other conditions but in the area you described these are the most common. Consult an experienced hand surgeon for help. ...Read more

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Right thumb pain in IP joint, worse with bending or straightening all the way and pushing down, tender to touch, swollen. What could it be?

Right thumb pain in IP joint, worse with bending or straightening all the way and pushing down, tender to touch, swollen. What could it be?

Arthritis: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. What you described suggests inflammation of the joint. You may take acetaminophen if it is painful. If the pain does not go away in a couple of weeks, it would be prudent to see a doctor.
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I mildly hurt my thumb while snowboarding three weeks ago. It still hurts and pretty swollen even with a brace. Why is it still swollen? Go to the doc?

I mildly hurt my thumb while snowboarding three weeks ago. It still hurts and pretty swollen even with a brace. Why is it still swollen? Go to the doc?

Need to see ortho: If your thumb is still painful and swollen then need to rule out fracture versus ligamentous injury. Will need to see orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I was walking when I hit my right thumb knuckle and I felt instant pain and it immediately swelled and now it really hurts. I don't think I broke it or it would hurt a lot worse. I don't think I need to go to the doctor but is pretty swollen and is bother

I was walking when I hit my right thumb knuckle and I felt instant pain and it immediately swelled and now it really hurts. I don't think I broke it or it would hurt a lot worse. I don't think I need to go to the doctor but is pretty swollen and is bother

Finger pain: If you simply hit your finger against something but can bend it, and it was not high velocity with the injury, then likely not broken. Ice it and if not better in one week, then see Dr. ...Read more

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Experience intense sharp pain, sudden difficulties moving rt. Thumb. Looks black & blue in the joint area feeling cold and swollen. What could this be?

Ans: Well depends really need more history. Soubds like you injured the thumb at some time what kind of work do you do? Best to see your doctor for exam and good history ...Read more

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Should I go to a doctor? Sunday night I closed my thumb in a car door, it bled, there's a cut about a CM long (horizontal) on my thumb nail. It throbbed all night and the next day it felt better but it's still swollen, it still hurts to touch it, and it t

Should I go to a doctor? Sunday night I closed my thumb in a car door, it bled, there's a cut about a CM long (horizontal) on my thumb nail. It throbbed all night and the next day it felt better but it's still swollen, it still hurts to touch it, and it t

As: As dr. Wint notes, the dark color under the nail is like a bruise. When the nailbed (the area under the hard nail) gets injured, blood gets trapped under the nail. Depending on the amount of bleeding, the area may be large and start to elevate the nail. A very large area will cause the nail to fall off.

There can be a broken bone (fracture is the same thing) under the nail. Most of these do not need treatment and heal well, even if they look exploded (comminuted), but should at least be x-rayed. If the fracture is big enough to involve the joint or distorts the bone too much (displaced), it may need further care, such as splinting or surgery.

A particularly painful blood collection, called a subungal hematoma, is relatively common after a crush injury such as this. Many people will drain them to relieve the pressure and pain by burning a small hole in the fingernail. In the case of a broken bone, though, this increased the risk of infection, though the risk is still relatively small.

There is also discussion about how much bruising to accept before repairing the nailbed. Some people argue that if the bruise is more than half the nail, it should be removed and the nailbed repaired. I disagree. I think the nail is the best "splint" for the nailbed and is best left in place to help mold the healing tissue. ...Read more

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I have petechia on my legs for a month now it getting worse I had blood 3 mths ago everything was fine except for a high acid level and swollen joint?

I have petechia on my legs for a month now it getting worse I had blood 3 mths ago everything was fine except for a high acid level and swollen joint?

See a dermatologist: Are you sure they are petechiae? There is no "high acid level". You need an exam by a DR who can identify the spots on your legs. "Swollen joint"? Red, hot, painful? Any edema? Vein problem? Have you been ill or taking any meds or other pills? You need attention to determine the nature of this. Vasculitis??? ...Read more

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I have a blueish swollen lump on my thumb near the joint, I work and play at a computer, could it be related? How to I fix it?

I have a blueish swollen lump on my thumb near the joint, I work and play at a computer, could it be related? How to I fix it?

Vascular tumor: The bluish lump is probably a tumor of the blood vessels. These are usually benign (not cancer). It is not related to use see a hand surgeon for a complete diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. What should I do?

I have a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. What should I do?

Maybe an injection: The tendon helps your finger bend and is lined by a sheath. It sounds like to may have inflammation of the tendon sheath causing locking when you bend it. This is called a trigger finger. When a hand orthopedist or rheumatologist evaluates you, they may recommend a steroid injection to relieve it. ...Read more

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What causes swollen joint on my foot?

What causes swollen joint on my foot?

Swollen joint: There are many reasons why this could occur. It may be repetitive stress, arthritis, gout, inflammation of the joint tissue, a cartilage tear, etc. The best thing is to see a podiatrist and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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When they say an injured athlete had fluid drained from a swollen joint such as the knee, what is this fluid?

When they say an injured athlete had fluid drained from a swollen joint such as the knee, what is this fluid?

Synovial fluid: Usually this is synovial fluid. Synovial fluid's job is to lubricate and protect the joint. In the presence of injury, inflammation or infection, the synovial lining (part of the joint capsule), overcompensates by producing an excess amount of synovial fluid. Too much fluid can cause pain and tightness in the joint and restrict range of motion. With an acute injury, blood may also fill the joint. ...Read more

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I've had a swollen joint finger for about 6 months now, I've tried cold, voltaren and even diclofenac. Xrays shown nothing damaged?

A good doctor should: In his mind have a differential diagnosis of what could be wrong based on a good history and clinical exam. Sometimes, further diagnostic or blood testing needs to be done. Make sure you see a hand surgeon, in the case you are seeing an internist and he is not ale to help you. ...Read more

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Jammed thumb while playing ball. Cannot bend wo pain and joint area is swollen even after 3 days. Is it srs? How to help it recover faster?

Thumb pain: You have to make sure you don't have a fracture or more important an ulnar collateral ligament tear which would require surgery. You should consult a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I fell off my skateboard onto my thumb, and it's swollen and painful around the joint. It hurts and clicks if I bend it, have I sprained it?

I fell off my skateboard onto my thumb, and it's swollen and painful around the joint. It hurts and clicks if I bend it, have I sprained it?

Possible UCL tear: The thumb has in important ligament called the ulnar collateral ligament (ucl). It can tear with sports such as skiing. It is sometimes called "gamekeeper's thumb". Certainly, it could be just a sprain. However, fractures and ucl tears are the most serious thumb injuries. The thumb is pretty important. So, my recommendation is to see a hand orthopedic specialist or sports medicine doc who is comfortable with treating these injuries. ...Read more

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Joint btw thumb and palm gets super painful & swollen w tiniest effort. Started w thumb's severe accidental turn backwards. Pt unhelpful. What to do?

Joint btw thumb and palm gets super painful & swollen w tiniest effort. Started w thumb's severe accidental turn backwards. Pt unhelpful. What to do?

Splint: Wear a splint that comes over the thumb every night, & a shorter version during the day. Take over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, & if it doesn't improve see a doctor for a steroid shot. ...Read more

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A hard @1/8 inch nodule has formed under the skin near the middle joint of my thumb. It does not hurt. Do I need to see a doctor?

A hard @1/8 inch nodule has formed under the skin near the middle joint of my thumb. It does not hurt. Do I need to see a doctor?

Myxoid Cyst: A digital myxoid cyst (sometimes called a mucous cyst) is an entirely benign swelling that occurs on the fingers or, sometimes, the toes. Digital myxoid cysts are not catching and not a sign of infection. Furthermore, they are not cancerous and will not develop into skin cancer.
The term cyst is from the greek kystis meaning a bag or pouch; myxoid and mucoid refer to the jelly-like contents. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I have Painful, red and swollen nail fold (paronychia) on right thumb can you please help me to get rid of this nail abnormality?

Hi doctor I have Painful, red and swollen nail fold (paronychia) on right thumb can you please help me to get rid of this nail abnormality?

Paronychia: Not much we can do over the computer. You need to see a Dr. To get a clinical exam and officially diagnosed and then that Dr. Would treat you with possible antibiotics and maybe even surgical intervention if you need an ingrown nail issue addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a swollen joint 3 years after jamming my finger, what should I do?

I have a swollen joint 3 years after jamming my finger, what should I do?

X-ray, exam: Start by getting a diagnosis, which will start with physical examination and x-rays. The treatment will depend on a lot of factors such as the severity of the problem, the anatomy of the situation and the treatments you have already tried. ...Read more

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Swollen pain red when pressed thumb joint causes?

Swollen pain red when pressed thumb joint causes?

Thumb pain: Infection, inflammation, foreign body reaction.
Should have it evaluated as your thumb is very important to have. Don't wait. ...Read more

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What injury can result in having fluid drained from a swollen joint such as a knee?

What injury can result in having fluid drained from a swollen joint such as a knee?

Arthritis.: Arthritis or an acute injury to the ACL, or other structures of the knee, can cause a fluid buildup that may need to be drained. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Joint Swelling (Definition)

Fluid that accumulates within a joint is referred to joint swelling. Swelling causes an increase in pressure within a joint and the pressure sensitive nerve endings that register the increased pressure sends a signal that ...Read more