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My boyfriend's fingers are not straight like most of us. He is 25 years old, and his mom suffers from arthritis, and his fingers from both hands are not straight, and i'm scare that he will get worst, so is there any thing he can do?

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Dr. Monica Wood
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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I would recommend starting with a good primary care physician.
Without looking at his hands and seeing which way they are bending, it is difficult to start narrowing down a diagnosis. Some hand deformities are inherited, but not necessarily present at birth. Others are progressive and related to inflammatory conditions, one of which is rheumatoid arthritis. Others are related to injuries. Even a simple trigger finger can lock the finger in a bent position. The primary care physician can then decide if a rheumatologist, hand surgeon, or another specialty is most appropriate.

In brief: I

I would recommend starting with a good primary care physician.
Without looking at his hands and seeing which way they are bending, it is difficult to start narrowing down a diagnosis. Some hand deformities are inherited, but not necessarily present at birth. Others are progressive and related to inflammatory conditions, one of which is rheumatoid arthritis. Others are related to injuries. Even a simple trigger finger can lock the finger in a bent position. The primary care physician can then decide if a rheumatologist, hand surgeon, or another specialty is most appropriate.
Dr. Monica Wood
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: While

While rheumatoid arthritis is one consideration with a family history, there are other things that can affect the fingers.
Some are inborn or congenital, some are just one end or another of a normal distribution. Most of us have some deviation in some joints of our fingers. However i agree go see someone. If he isn't swollen and painful a hand surgeon may be a good start. A rheumatologist can rule out certain types of arthritis but may not be able to explain other finger issues fully.

In brief: While

While rheumatoid arthritis is one consideration with a family history, there are other things that can affect the fingers.
Some are inborn or congenital, some are just one end or another of a normal distribution. Most of us have some deviation in some joints of our fingers. However i agree go see someone. If he isn't swollen and painful a hand surgeon may be a good start. A rheumatologist can rule out certain types of arthritis but may not be able to explain other finger issues fully.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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In brief: Yes.

Yes. He should go see a rheumatologist.
He might have a form of arthritis, and treatment might be warranted.

In brief: Yes.

Yes. He should go see a rheumatologist.
He might have a form of arthritis, and treatment might be warranted.
Dr. J. C. DiGiacomo
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