Category: Hand Care

Six Common Cycling Issues – How I Diagnose and Treat Them

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Bicycling is a wonderful exercise for anyone who wants to stay fit, be outdoors and it can be as competitive or as laid back as you want it to be.  You can race with others in your age bracket in a ranked sporting event or you can take your cruiser… Read more »

Mallet Finger

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD While the world of Orthopaedics is often exciting and the surgeries I get to perform are mostly major, like knee and hip replacements, I also have to treat the everyday things, like corns, bunions, sprains and diagnoses like Mallet Finger.  In this article, I will discuss what mallet finger is, why… Read more »

Ganglion Cyst of the Finger

Dr. Snyder

  Robert J. Snyder, MD Ganglion Cysts or “wens” as they are colloquially referred to, are small sacs attached to a joint or a tendon with a stalk.  This stalk is the conduit for the jelly-like fluid (similar to the synovial fluid found in joints) which fills the cyst. These cysts are usually found near… Read more »

What is De Quervain’s Tendinitis?

Robert J. Snyder, MD Recently, I saw a middle-aged female in my practice who complained of pain in her wrist radiating to her thumb. She said that the pain just started one day and that she had been treating it at home for about 2 weeks with Aleve and ice.  She was concerned as she… Read more »

Gout – A Painful Form of Arthritis

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Gout is a common form of arthritis that typically affects the big toe joint; however the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers can also be affected. The problem occurs when too much uric acid remains in the blood after being processed by the kidneys.  The uric acid forms into thin, spike-like… Read more »

Osteophytes:  A Fancy Term, but Simply Bone Spurs

Robert J. Snyder, MD As a busy Orthopaedist, I see many patients in the office, whose main complaint goes something like this, “I have this really sharp pain, when I walk (or insert your activity of choice here).  It hurts so bad, it must be caused by a bone spur”.  Most of those pains are… Read more »

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common compressive neuropathies seen in America.   It is three times more likely in women than in men and usually presents between the ages of 30-60.   Most often, the dominant hand is affected first and usually is the most painful. Although it… Read more »

Arthritis of the Hand

Robert J. Snyder, MD Arthritis can strike anywhere in the body that there is a joint.  However, one of the most challenging places for arthritis to settle is in the joints of the hand and fingers.  We use our hands constantly while we are awake and rely on them to do such varied activities as… Read more »

Trigger Finger aka Stenosing Tenosynovitis

  Trigger Finger  by Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Trigger finger, aka stenosing tenosynovitis, is the term used to describe a condition where one or more fingers of the hand can lock or snap into a bent position, causing pain and lack of function on attempted straightening.  In this article, I will discuss the causes,… Read more »