Painful lumps on the palm of the hand can be an indicator of Dupuytren’s contracture.
The tissue in the palm thickens and shortens, causing curling of the ring finger or little fingers.
Diabetes and alcohol, among others, can increase your risk.
Surgery under local anaesthetic can help if the lump starts to restrict finger movement, but how successful is this operation?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Beneath the base of the palm is the carpal tunnel through which the median nerve passes up to the forearm.
Compression of the median nerve causing numbness, pins and needles, and muscular weakness in the hand characterises the syndrome.
It’s triggered by high levels of fluid in the body related to hormonal changes, so it’s common in middle aged and pregnant women.
A wrist splint used at night can ease the symptoms, and steroid injections can help. But an operation to decompress the nerve is needed if the symptoms are severe.
Repetitive actions like gardening or playing a musical instrument make the onset of trigger finger all the more likely.
Any digit in the hand can get stuck in a bent or flexed position. It’s caused by a knot in a tendon that joins the finger bone to the muscle of the forearm.
Steroid injections, anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery are the main treatments. But if the symptoms are mild, will resting the hand help?
As we age, the hands can become stiff and painful from normal wear and tear of the joints.
Splints and painkillers can help but surgery is required if the pain and stiffness gets crippling, but what is the best approach – fusing the worn out joint or reconstructing it?