What is complex regional pain syndrome? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder of the central nervous system and most commonly affects the hand, arm, foot or leg. It often develops after an injury although its cause is still unknown.
Distal radius fractures are a common injury, caused mainly by falling onto the hand. The most common type of distal radius fracture is a ‘colle’s’ fracture, where the fracture fragment can displace dorsally.
Distal radius fractures are a common injury, caused mainly by falling onto the hand. The most common type of distal radius fracture is a ‘colles’ fracture, where the fracture fragment can displace dorsally.
What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s is a condition that develops mainly in men after the age of 50 years. It predominantly affects the ring and little fingers and has a genetic/hereditary component. Excess collagen is formed in the fascia of the palm. Nodules or lumps appear first and then a cord can develop towards the fingers that cause a flexion contracture.
The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) consists of the triangular fibrocartilage disc, radioulnar ligaments and ulnocarpal ligaments. It stabilises the ulnar side of the wrist and distal radioulnar joint, allowing you to turn your palm up and down with control, weight-bear on your hand, and allow a strong grip.
The metacarpal bones are the long bones in the hand in between the wrist and the fingers. You have 5 metacarpals, the thumb being number 1, the little finger number 5. Christopher has fractured his 4th metacarpal, meaning the ring finger metacarpal.
What is a central slip injury?
The central slip is part of the extensor tendon that straightens the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP joint). It is often injured from joint dislocation or forced flexion of the PIP joint. The tendon can tear away from the bone or pull a small fracture fragment with it.
It is quite likely that you will have to visit a hand therapist at some point in your life, but what exactly is hand therapy? Let’s take a look.
The wrist consists of 8 carpal bones, 2 of them being the scaphoid and the lunate. The scapholunate ligament holds the scaphoid and lunate bone together.