Wrist / Hand

No matter how old you are or what you do for a living, you are always using your hands. When there is something wrong with them, you may not be able to do your regular activities.

Hand problems include

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome - compression of a nerve as it goes through the wrist, often making your fingers feel numb
  • Injuries that result in fractures, ruptured ligaments and dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis - wear-and-tear arthritis, which can also cause deformity
  • Tendinitis - irritation of the tendons
  • Dupuytren's contracture - a hereditary thickening of the tough tissue that lies just below the skin of your palm
  • Trigger finger - an irritation of the sheath that surrounds the flexor tendons, sometimes causing the tendon to catch and release like a trigger
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The primary NIH organization for research on Hand Injuries and Disorders is the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases -http://www.niams.nih.gov/

Hand Injuries and Disorders - Multiple Languages - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/handinjuriesanddisorders.html

Date last updated: July 19 2009
Topic last reviewed: June 29 2009

From MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov), 24 Hour Health Information.