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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.

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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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  • Thumb pain

  • Both hips hurt

  • 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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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.

Typical 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

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Tenosynovitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • 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?

Treatmentof 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

  • Hyatt BT, Bagg MR. Flexor Tenosynovitis. Orthop Clin North Am. 2017 Apr;48(2):217-227. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2016.12.010. PMID: 28336044.

    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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Reviewed By:

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS

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

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 (Orthopedics)

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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