The author of all content seen here has been an experienced hand surgeon (Dr. Steffens) for many years. However, the information provided through this webpage cannot replace an individual diagnose and therapy approach as prescribed by your physician.
If you are experiencing difficulties in stretching one of your fingers or your thumb or if your finger locks in while trying to stretch it – you may be affected with a condition referred to as trigger finger. You may find the following pages helpful…read more
If you are experiencing pain and swelling at the base of your thumb and if everyday activities such as opening a bottle or turning a key become a challenge, you may be affected by carpometacarpal osteoarthritis… read more
Many people are afraid of having their stitches or surgical staples removed. Following you will learn about stitch and surgical staple removal…read more
A ganglion represents one of the most frequent reasons for a swelling in the wrist area. Find out what a ganglion cyst of the wrist is and how it is treated...read more
At first sight a ganglion cyst on a finger joint (mucous cyst) looks like a simple blister. However, there is a lot more to it. Learn more….
If after bumping your finger into an object (e.g. while making the bed) you can no longer stretch out the distal phalanx of that finger, you most likely experienced a rupture to the extensor tendon above the distal interphalangeal joint. The following will provide you with a variety of details on the diagnose and therapy associated with this injury….Learn more
If several months into a distal radius fracture you suddenly can no longer stretch out your thumb, there is a chance that the extensor tendon of the thumb ruptured right about at the height of the wrist. Find out more….
A deep cut on the back of your hand or to the wrist can be a lot more than just a simple skin wound. If one or more extensor tendons have been severed, you may end up needing a lengthy therapy in order to recover. Here is why….
may affect the tendon sheaths of flexor tendons. An inflamed tendon sheath requires fast, expert care in order to avoid severe damages or in the worst case fatal consequences….read more
11. Dog bites may appear harmless at first. Find out what they can turn into under unfavorable conditions….
12. Cat bite
How can a harmless looking injury the size of a pinhead turn into a serious infection? Find out here how cat bite injuries may lead to severe consequences if left untreated…
13. Tendovaginitis de Quervain
Many people experience pain on the radial side of the wrist or forearm. Aside from osteoarthritis of the thumb saddle joint as potential reason for this type of discomfort, the so-called De Quervain´s syndrome may be at fault. Learn more about this condition here….
A wrist arthrodesis is an important procedure which leads to the entire loss of mobility of the wrist (but not of the fingers). Nonetheless it may be very recommendable to consider this approach to improve the overall mobility of the hand in all those cases where severe and persisting pains lead to a limited use of the hand….
A wrist joint denervation may be a very valuable option when suffering from chronic wrist pains. This particularly relates to all those cases where a causal solution to the problem may not apply and a partial or total fusion of the wrist is not an option…
the wrist is damaged, which causes responsible pain and movement disorders. If such damage can no longer be treated causally, there are a number of different therapeutic options. One of these possibilities is stiffening the wrist or severing pain-conducting nerves.
A particularly interesting option for treating advanced damage to the wrist is the use of an artificial wrist. Learn more about the use of the artificial wrist….
17. Scaphoid fracture
In our daily life many falls are caught with the outstretched hand. Besides a broken spoke, this can also lead to a scaphoid fracture.
The non-recognition or incorrect treatment of a scaphoid fracture can lead to serious problems in the wrist. Learn more about scaphoid fracture, the diagnosis of scaphoid fracture and the appropriate treatment……..learn more