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  • Thumb pain

  • Joint pain that is always there

  • Fingers "catch" on something when I make a fist or open a palm

  • Finger joint pain

  • Can't move my fingers even though I put in strength

  • My elbow hurts

  • Clicking sound when opening or closing a fist

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is tenosynovitis?

Tendons are cartilage structures that connect muscle to bone. Tenosynovitis happens when the layer or tunnel around the tendon gets inflamed. Causes include overuse or repetitive strain on the tendon.

Symptoms of tenosynovitis

  • Finger pain

  • Pain in the knuckles or finger joints

  • Joint pain

  • I use my hands a lot at work - holding babies, writing, typing

  • Elbow pain

  • Difficulty moving the joint(s)

  • Migratory joint pain

  • Joints are red, swollen or hot

Questions your doctor may ask to check for tenosynovitis

  • Are your fingers hurting?

  • Do you have knuckle or finger joint pain?

  • Do you have joint pain?

  • Do you use your hands for writing, typing, or holding a small child daily?

  • Do you have pain in your elbow?

Treatment for tenosynovitis

Most cases can be managed with rest, a splint, or painkillers. Steroid injections in the area can help relieve inflammation. Severe cases may need surgery.

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References

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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0030589816301663?via%3Dihub

  • Giladi AM, Malay S, Chung KC. A systematic review of the management of acute pyogenic flexor tenosynovitis. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2015 Sep;40(7):720-8. doi: 10.1177/1753193415570248. Epub 2015 Feb 10. PMID: 25670687; PMCID: PMC4804717.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1753193415570248

  • Goyal K, Speeckaert AL. Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis: Evaluation and Management. Hand Clin. 2020 Aug;36(3):323-329. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2020.03.005. PMID: 32586458.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0749071220300329?via%3Dihub

  • Chapman T, Ilyas AM. Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis: Evaluation and Treatment Strategies. J Hand Surg Am. 2019 Nov;44(11):981-985. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2019.04.011. Epub 2019 Jul 2. PMID: 31272698.

    https://www.jhandsurg.org/article/S0363-5023(17)32127-5/fulltext

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Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS (Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Nass received dual medical degrees from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University in Medicine and Science. He completed Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center with subsequent fellowships at Ventura, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, George Washington University, and University of California-Irvine. He holds faculty appointments at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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