Thumb Joint Pain Diagnosis & Treatment at Brown Hand Center

Brown Hand Center Can Alleviate Thumb Joint Pain

  • Symptom of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Skier's Thumb
  • Trained Hand Specialists
  • Endoscopic Solutions

Thumb Joint Pain Can be Repaired at Brown Hand Center

The opposing thumb – it's serious. We all know we need this digit to help our fingers perform their regular duties. From holding a cup of coffee in the mornings, fixing your hair with a brush or comb, to putting on lotion or makeup, our thumbs are truly the key to it all. If you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your capacity to do many things has just been put in jeopardy. At Brown Hand Center, we make thumb joint pain a distant memory.

Thumb Joint Pain May be Skier’s Thumb

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery makes it possible for the pianist to play with pain-free hands

Many people who suffer from thumb joint pain are experiencing something we refer to as "Skier's Thumb." This is the name given when the ulnar collateral ligament of the MP joint of the thumb ruptures. The most common occurrence of this is when you fall and land with an outstretched thumb that is bent so far as to tear the ligament apart that holds the bones together at the base of the joint. When this injury occurs, it is sometimes when a skier falls, but may occur during any type of fall. Our hand doctors diagnose this when your MP joint deviates 45 degrees or more radial-ward or 15 degrees more than the other thumb. One end of the torn ligament can recoil over the extensor hood. This Stener lesion will require defined surgical repair of the ligament in order to achieve a stable joint that does not chronically dislocate. It takes four to five weeks for the ligament to heal, at which time, postoperative therapy is needed to restore your range of motion.

When dealing with thumb joint pain, our hand specialist will tell you that a delay in treatment may require a tendon graft for reconstruction of the ligament. When left untreated, this thumb joint pain can lead to degenerative arthritis, which is an unstable and eventually worn out joint with hand pain and loss of motion. Ultimately, this could lead to requiring the patient have a total joint replacement or fusion.

Thumb joint pain can also be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you have thumb joint pain and tingling in your thumb and other fingers, you should seek out assistance from Brown Hand Center for a diagnosis. Call us today if you have questions about your thumb joint pain. We have your hands and your health in mind.

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Thumb Joint Pain Can be Repaired at Brown Hand Center

Every day, our thumbs get a lot of use. Whether it’s from gripping objects in our hand or using a computer or cell phone, wear and tear on the thumb joints is pretty common. Over time, this excessive use can cause thumb joint pain.

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Want Information on Trigger Finger Surgery Options? Turn to Brown Hand Center

[Posted on April 30]

If you have been diagnosed with trigger finger, you may be considering the possibility of surgery. While some cases are mild, there are more serious cases that require trigger finger surgery. However, the odds are that you don't know enough about the condition to understand whether you really do need surgery. In that case, you'll need to find out as much information about options for trigger finger surgery as possible. If you can better understand your options, you can decide if surgery is right for you.

One of the things you need to consider when you are looking for information regarding this type of surgery is what it will entail. There are multiple types of surgery you can choose from when you need to get rid of trigger finger treatment, and some are better than others. For example, you could opt for open surgery, but this will require an incision in your palm. Your other option is trigger finger release surgery, which is less invasive and only involves the affected finger. This option is usually much safer, so you should consider it before making any decisions.

When you visit Brown Hand Center, you can look forward to receiving all the necessary information on your condition and options for treating it. Our hand surgeons will not immediately suggest surgery, and will give you a complete evaluation to determine the best option for you. The best part is that you will be informed every step of the way, receiving information you need to make the best decision regarding trigger finger surgery.

If it turns out that trigger finger surgery is the only way to alleviate your discomfort and give you back full use of your hands and fingers, that's what our doctors will recommend. If you really do need this surgery, you can trust our doctors to help get you through it. All of the surgeons at Brown Hand Center are skilled when it comes to treating trigger finger and a wide variety of other hand conditions. You can trust that we have the experience necessary to give you the best results possible.

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