Hand and Wrist
Trigger Finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis or flexor tendonitis, is a condition where one of the fingers or thumb of the hand is caught in a bent position. The affected digit may straighten with a quick snap, similar to pulling and releasing the trigger on a gun, hence the name trigger finger.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common hand problem resulting from pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. Symptoms, which often get worse at night, consist of numbness and/or pain in the wrist and fingers. Eventually there is loss of strength, fine motor control and sensation.
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Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of joints. There are several types of arthritis and the most common type is osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis. Arthritis affects various joints in the body and the arthritis in hand affects the joint at the base of the thumb.
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The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a complex of tissues – cartilage and ligaments – located near the outer region of the wrist, below the little finger. The complex stabilizes the wrist, allows easy movement and acts as a shock absorber. Sports activities or falls can damage or injure the TFCC, causing wrist pain and instability. The injured TFCC complex may also produce a clicking sound with certain wrist movements.
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