Hand Conditions

Nerve / Tendon:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Focal Dystonia Syndrome
Guyon's Canal Syndrome
Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome
Trigger Finger/Tenosynovitis

Bone / Joint:
Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis of the Thumb (Basilar Joint)
Dupuytren's Disease
Navicular Avascular Necrosis (and Kienböck's disease)

Arthritis of the Hand

While most men and women will experience some type of arthritis over the course of their life, osteoarthritis (OA) is among the most common forms of arthritis in the United States. And the finger and thumb joints are the joints most affected among the upper body joints.

Arthritis of the hand is a degenerative joint disease that often begins with an injury or condition causing stress to the joint. Improper healing or trauma will cause degenerative conditions within the joint and an eventual breakdown of joint cartilage resulting in pain and stiffness.

Risk Factors
Osteoarthritis is often the result of a previous injury or trauma. It may also accompany other forms of arthritis. According to recent statistics, approximately 90 percent of women and 80 percent of men between the ages of 75 and 79 suffer from osteoarthritis in their hands.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options
A thorough review of patient history, listing of symptoms experienced and imaging tests will confirm the presence of arthritis and the severity of the condition.

While it is always best to identify conditions conducive to this degeneration as early as possible, there are more new techniques and treatment options available today than ever before that can slow or even reverse the progression of arthritis and arthritic conditions. And restoring joint function in severe cases can be accomplished through such procedures as joint restructuring, or arthroplasty, arthrodesis and total joint replacement using small bone and joint technology.

Read more about Arthritis.