Hand and wrist Health Professionals
hand and wrist conditions
Trigger finger is a common condition in which the finger may stick in a bent position when making a fist or grasping objects. This happens as a result of the tendon (that normally glides freely within a tunnel called the ‘flexor sheath’) catching against the inflamed tunnel lining.
OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE THUMB
Osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb is very common in women over the age of 50. The majority of patients have no or minimal symptoms, but the condition can cause stiffness, grinding, and a dull ache which becomes sharp with the use of the thumb. This particularly occurs during pinching or gripping movements that can cause the sufferer to drop objects.
Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis was named after a Swiss surgeon, who first described the condition in 1895. It is an inflammatory condition affecting the two tendons that pass on the thumb side of the wrist to the base of the thumb.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition where there is increased pressure on one of the main nerves to the hand (the median nerve). This nerve passes through a space in the wrist called the Carpal Tunnel. Compression of the nerve can cause symptoms in the hand such as uncomfortable ‘pins & needles’, burning sensations, or numbness and weakness in more severe cases.