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Palpation of soft tissue

Feel for the pisiform bone and place the palpating finger against its proximal aspect. Ask the subject to actively abduct the little finger. The tightening of the flexor carpi ulnaris can be felt.The tendon can now be followed distal to the pisiform until its insertion on the base of the fifth metacarpal bone. The pisiform […]

Palpation of soft tissue

Place one finger just radially to the dorsal tubercle of the radius. Ask the subject to make a first and to squeeze and unsqueeze it. During this action tendinous tightening can be felt. These are the tendons of the extensor carpi radialis longus and extensor carpi radialis brevis. When the subject continues these muscular contractions […]

A Patient’s Guide to Wrist Fusion

Introduction

Arthritis of the wrist has many causes, and there are many ways of treating the pain. These treatments can be very successful, at least for awhile. But eventually the entire wrist can become so painful that nonsurgical treatments don’t work anymore. At this point, your surgeon may recommend a wrist fusion. Wrist fusion may […]

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Finger

Introduction

If nonsurgical treatments are not successful in easing problems of finger arthritis, your doctor may recommend replacing the surfaces of the joint. Joint replacement surgery is called joint arthroplasty.

This guide will help you understand

what parts make up the finger joint how the operation is performed what to expect before and after surgery […]