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Extensor Tendon Laceration

Basics Description Extensor tendon lacerations are common because of the superficial location of the extensor tendons on the back of the hand. Tendon disruption often is indicated by a change in the posture of the hand or fingers. The most distal injury, at the DIP joint, shows a mallet-type of deformity. An injury over […]

Dupuytren Contracture

Basics Description Dupuytren contracture is a proliferative disorder of subcutaneous palmar fibrous tissue (fascia) that occurs in the form of nodules and cords and results in contractures of the finger joints. It occurs typically in men in the 5th to 7th decades. Younger patients are more likely to have rapid progression of disease with […]

Clinodactyly

Basics Description

Clinodactyly presents as a painless bent finger with angulation in a radial or ulnar direction . It is most commonly the little finger bent in a radial direction. Most often, the finger has a short, delta-shaped middle phalanx. This condition may be associated with mental retardation, especially when clinodactyly is severe. Synonym: Bent […]

A Patient’s Guide to Swan Neck Deformity of the Finger

Introduction

Normal finger position and movement occur from the balanced actions of many important structures. Ligaments support the finger joints. Muscles hold and move the fingers. Tendons help control the fine motion of each finger joint. Disease or injury can disturb the balance in these structures, altering normal finger alignment and function. The result may […]

A Patient’s Guide to PIP Joint Injuries of the Finger

Introduction

We use our hands constantly, placing them in harm’s way continuously. Injuries to the finger joints are common and usually heal without significant problems. Some injuries are more serious and may develop problems if not treated carefully. One such injury is a sprain of the proximal interphalangeal joint, or PIP joint, of the finger. […]

A Patient’s Guide to Mallet Finger Injuries

Introduction

When you think about how much we use our hands, it’s not hard to understand why injuries to the fingers are common. Most of these injuries heal without significant problems. One such injury is an injury to the distal interphalangeal, or DIP, joint of the finger. This joint is commonly injured during sporting activities […]

A Patient’s Guide to Finger Fusion Surgery

Introduction

Arthritis of the finger joints may be surgically treated with a fusion procedure. Fusion keeps the problem joints from moving so that pain is eliminated.

This guide will help you understand

what parts make up the finger joint why this type of surgery is used how the operation is performed what to expect before […]

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 […]