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My finger joints lock ?

My finger joints lock ?

Trigger finger: respond to ice if it is painful and swollen in the palm. Midl heat if it is stiff and locking without swelling, massage of the palm, topical anitinflammatorires placed in the palm and gentle not forceful range of motion, How ever the clincal presentation or severity of trigger finger varies a lot i.e. they are not all the same. If one tries these and fails see a hand doctor ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Hello doctors, what does it mean when your joints lock up?

Hello doctors, what does it mean when your joints lock up?

It means that there: Is something caught between the bones {forming the joint, eg femur (thigh) and leg (tibia)}. It could be a torn meniscus (cartilage) or a loose body (piece of bone/cartilage) causing acute severe pain. The joint locks in about 20-30 degrees of bend (flexion) so that one is not able to extend (straighten) the joint. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Joint locking?

What is the definition or description of: Joint locking?

Absolutely no motion: Locked joints by definition are stuck in a fixed position somewhere along the normal arc of motion from fully straight to fully bent. There are classic causes of locked joints, especially the knee. Injured cartilage (joint lining) or a torn piece of a meniscus can cause a knee to lock which can be painful and prevent normal function . ...Read more

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I have constant pain in the joints of my fingers. In the morning, when it's cold, all of them tend to lock in the closed position. ?

I have constant pain in the joints of my fingers. In the morning, when it's cold, all of them tend to lock in the closed position. ?

Rheumatologist : Consider visiting one. Anti-inflammatory medicines such as Motrin help arthritis type pain is used with caution in those with high blood pressure, diabetes, and the elderly. ...Read more

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My fingers lock up if I bend them after being straight(bend at the top joint, middle joint locks, seems to distend). What is it? How do I treat it?

My fingers lock up if I bend them after being straight(bend at the top joint, middle joint locks, seems to distend). What is it? How do I treat it?

Locking fingers: You should prob see an ortho doc for X-rays and exam. It sounds like a "Trigger Digit" (TD) however you're on the young side to have this prob. TD usually causes severe tenderness if you press hard at base of digit palm side. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Severe Stiff muscle/joint all over body in morning. Hard to climb knees lock. Tests done RA ruled out. Fingers swollen. ?

Spontaneous Severe Stiff muscle/joint all over body in morning. Hard to climb knees lock. Tests done RA ruled out. Fingers swollen. ?

Further workup : May need further workup. Have you seen a rheumatologist? There are many other potential causes. Psoriasis is one example. A percentage of patients with psoriasis will have an associated inflammatory arthritis, and it is characterized by diffuse swelling in the fingers. There are many other possibilities as well. ...Read more

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How rare is it for someone to have double jointed fingers unless marphans?

How rare is it for someone to have double jointed fingers unless marphans?

Marfans is linked to: joint instabilty but there are many similar diseases yhat lead to joint instability. Many younger ( non marfanoid) have joint looseness that they also grow out of. ...Read more

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What does pain in finger joints mean?

Joint pain: Pain in the joints of the fingers may be from overuse sprain or actual inflammatory arthritis. The latter may have associated tenderness and swelling. A rheumatologist or a hand surgeon are best qualified to evaluate chronic finger joint pain. ...Read more

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What will make my finger joint stop cracking?

What will make my finger joint stop cracking?

Cracked knuckles: Most believe that knuckle poppingor cracking is just forcing nitrogen bubbles out of solution and it has no joint effect either shortor long term. The problem is that with osteoarthrits such a common problem in older adults that if enough ten year old are told that they better not crack their knuckles that one day they will get arthritis that eventually someone will be right .... ...Read more

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What are the smooth bumps on my finger joints?

What are the smooth bumps on my finger joints?

Finger joint bumps: Two things: generally thickened, callused epithelial tissue. The other possibility in some folks include viral etiology of warts. ...Read more

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What might the bump in the joint of my finger be?

What might the bump in the joint of my finger be?

Possibly ganglion : I have seen this with tumors though and should be examined by your doc. Giant ceel tumor comes to mind. ...Read more

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Nodules on top of finger joints, what could this be?

Peri: Chondral cysts, or rheumatoid nodules, or oa, or reticular histiocytosis.Among others. ...Read more