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_new">Arthritis of the Base of the Thumb and Finger (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00210)

  • The second most common joint in the hand to develop arthritis. More common in women over 40.
  • Past injuries to the joint, such as a fracture or sprain, increase likelihood of arthritis.
  • Previous treatment options included: surgical and non-surgical care, splinting and/or pain medication.

"Arthroscopic treatment is a viable, newer option for people with thumb and finger arthritis," said Scott P. Steinmann, M.D., professor of orthopaedics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His recent study in the Journal of Hand Surgery showed that 94 percent of patients undergoing arthroscopic debridement procedures were partially or completely satisfied.

Dupuytren's Disease (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00008)

  • Often starts with lumps in the palm. Firm cords begin to develop underneath the skin, stretching from the palm to the finger. Gradually, the cords cause the fingers to bend into the palm.
  • Dupuytren's contracture is more common in men over the age of 40.
  • Previous treatment included observation and surgery.

According to a recent study by Lawrence C. Hurst, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, "injection therapy, such as Clostridial collagenase (a substance intended to reduce the collagen buildup in the palm and disrupt the contracted cord) has now shown promising results for patients with Dupuytren's contracture."

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