Self Diagnosis & learning tool

In this section we will attempt to help you
have more of an idea of the nature of your problem.

In the diagram of the hands, you will note there are numbers on top of certain areas of the hand .

If you have discomfort, or the presence of a growth in these areas, there is a good chance that you may have one of a host  of common hand ailments.

Find the number corresponding to your situation, and you may read below a review of the possible problems that you may have related to this area. A list of possible disorders, as well as there description and treatment options follows:

This is the area of the median nerve. When the median nerve is compressed, patients typically will have numbness in the thumb, as well as the three adjoining fingers (index, middle, and ring fingers) To read more about carpal tunnel syndrome, including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

These areas on the front and back of the wrists are very common areas where bumps known as synovial cysts can occur. These bumps can occur at all ages. To read more about synovial cysts of the wrist, including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

Nodules in this area are common in adulthood, especially for people with ancestry in the North-Western parts of Europe, including Scandinavia, and Scotland. The most common type of nodules are called Dupuytren’s nodules. When left to evolve, these bumps ca come together to form longitudinal cords which extend to and cause a bending of the finger(s).

To read more about Dupuytren’s Disease,  including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

These areas on the front and back of the wrists are very common areas where bumps known as synovial cysts can occur. These bumps can occur at all ages. To read more about synovial cysts of the wrist, including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

This is a common area where small painful bumps ( usually 1 centimetre or less) can show up. These bumps are called Mucous Cysts, and although they are not strictly dangerous, they can become quite painful and incapacitating! To read more about Mucous Cysts, including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

In this area of the palm there is a lot going on !!! The most common type of problem seen here relates to hey process similar to what was seen in the section #4 here above, and in this case it would be called a TRIGGER THUMB. Also, synovial cysts (#2 above) can often appear in this area, as well as nodules associated with Dupuytren’s Disease ( #3 above) can appear in this area.  Since the thumb is the single most important finger in your daily activities, please see your hand surgeon as soon as possible in order to avoid developing limitations with the use of your thumbs!

our thumbs in all aspects of our daily life, these tendons , at this particular area, can become painful, develop a form of tendinitis, and can go as far as preventing you from using your hand and thumb due to the pain that this process causes. This condition is called DeQuervain’s Disease/Tenosynoviis. To read more about DeQuervain’s Disease,  including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

Most of the bumps and swellings that occur in this area are painless, but because they are located over the joint, they can interfere with the normal functioning of the finger. These bumps are often of the same tissue origin as those SYNOVIAL CYSTS mentioned in section #2 above, but instead of occurring on the wrist, they happen on the joints of the fingers this time. To read more about SYNOVIAL CYSTS,  including treatment options, CLICK HERE.

Pain in this area at these base of the thumb represents most often a premature degeneration of the joint controlling the most important movements of the thumb. Since the thumb is involved most or all  of the movement when we use our hands (& thumbs) and because this is the primary joint at which the movement of the thumb occurs, it is possible that  this joint can wear out prematurely and cause pain with movement of the thumb . This condition is relatively common, and goes by the name: TRAPEZIO-METACARPAL DISEASE or Degeneration. If left untreated, this condition will progress to a point which will handicap the use of the hand completely, and will cause increasing amounts of pain and discomfort over time  Thankfully, this condition can be treated  before too much damage has occurred. To read more about TRAPEZIO-METACARPAL Disease,  including treatment options, CLICK HERE.