Hand & Finger stiffness

Stiffness in the finger joints or difficulty moving the fingers. Restricted range of movement in the finger joints is a sign of an inflammatory issue, which can be through injury to the finger joint, tendons or from arthritis. Finger stiffness can also be due to swelling of the hand or wrists where this as had an effect more distally on movement of the hand and fingers.

Contractures can also cause hand and finger stiffness and are common within these structures such as dupuytren’s. Fractures, sprains, dislocations and scarring can all be associated with stiffness of the hands and fingers, which can also have pain present. Injuries with this symptom are listed below:
  • Metacarpal Fracture

    Metacarpal Fracture

    The metacarpal bones are the five long bones in the hand. Any of these bones can be broken or fractured but the 1st metacarpal under the base of the thumb is the most commonly injured.

  • Bruised Hand

    Bruised Hand

    A bruised hand, also known as a hand contusion occurs due to a direct trauma of the hand, resulting in bleeding and subsequent bruising. Impacts and crush injuries are the most common causes.

  • Sprained Finger

    Sprained Finger

    A sprained finger occurs when the finger is bent in some way causing damage to the ligaments which connect bones together. It is a common injury in ball games such as American football, basketball, cricket, handball etc.

  • Trigger Finger & Trigger Thumb

    Trigger Finger

    Trigger Finger is a form of tenosynovitis which results in the finger becoming bent in towards the palm of the hand. This can also occur in the thumb known as trigger thumb.

  • Mallet Finger

    Mallet Finger

    Mallet finger is an injury which results in the inability extend or straighten the end joint of a finger without assistance.

  • Boutonniere Deformity

    Boutonniere Deformity

    A boutonniere deformity or button hole deformity is an injury to a tendon in one of the fingers, resulting in a deformed shape. This usually occurs after an impact to a bent finger.

  • Broken Finger

    Broken Finger

    A broken finger is a break or fracture in any one of the 3 small phalange bones which make up each finger.

  • Dislocated Finger

    Dislocated Finger

    A dislocated finger occurs when two of the finger bones, forming a joints become displaced injuring the ligaments and other soft tissue in the process.

  • Volar Plate Injury

    Volar Plate Injury

    The volar plate is a very thick ligament which joins two bones in the finger. A volar plate injury occurs when the finger is bent back the wrong way too far spraining or tearing the ligament.

  • Hand & Finger Injuries

    Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously.  Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long term consequences in terms of hand and finger function.