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Treatment Plans

for common hand & wrist conditions

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We have treatment advice for the conditions shown below. Each section displays the commonly affected area and the Signs & Symptoms for that condition.

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OA Thumb

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Progressive onset of stiffness and pain.
  • Decreased movement of thumb.
  • Pain around base of thumb.
  • More common on women over 55

Finger Osteoarthritis

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Pain and Stiffness of finger joints.
  • Commonly caused by osteoarthritis but can also be caused by inflammatory arthritis, or following strains and injury.
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Finger pain - strain / injury​

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Pain and Stiffness of finger joints.
  • Pain started after injury/trauma to finger(s).
  • Finger swelling
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Wrist pain​

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Gradual onset
  • Wrist pain, spreading up into forearm & down to back of hand.
  • May have swelling
  • May have crepitus of affected tendons
  • Aggravated by use, often but not always relieved by rest.
  • Commonly due to repetitive work-related activities/ Repetitive strain injury.
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Ganglion

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Soft Immobile lump.
  • Most common on back of wrist.
  • Size can range from 1-3cm.
  • These common benign growths mainly affect the wrist may change in size or even disappear completely.
  • May or may not be painful.
  • Pain may be made worse by joint motion.
  • When the cyst is connected to a tendon, a sense of weakness in the affected finger is common.

Carpal Tunnel​

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Tingling, numbness or pain in palm of hand – including thumb, index, middle & ½ of ring finger.
  • Often starts and worse at night.
  • Symptoms may be intermittent to constant.
  • Effects sleep.
  • Weakness/ clumsiness with performing ADLs
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De Quervain’s Tendonitis​

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Pain local to tendons next to base of thumb.
  • Pain on extending thumb.
  • Radial sided dorsal wrist pain.
  • Pain with making a fist around the thumb

Dupuytren’s Disease

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Thickening of the tissue within the palm of the hand leading to contracture of the fingers.
  • Unable to straighten fingers with stretching.
  • Family history is common

Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • Painful joint
  • Hot/swollen joint
  • May be bilateral
  • Associated symmetrical small joint symptoms
  • Family history of inflammatory joint disease

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