Having stiff fingers can be troubling, as can any loss of mobility. While arthritis is a key cause of finger stiffness, there are others, and a doctor will want to explore the issue thoroughly before recommending treatment. In this article, we look at various causes of stiff fingers and their accompanying symptoms, as well as the treatments available. We also describe stretches and exercises that may help restore flexibility to the hands. Difficulty moving the fingers and a sensation of stiffness can result from a hand injury, such as a:.
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Difficulty Making a Fist Is an Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Factor
Sickle cell disease in newborns and children: What families should know and do. Think how much you rely on a strong grip every day. It helps you open cans, grip a golf club, hold a steering wheel, brush your teeth, and pick up a grandchild. Grip strength also may predict your future loss of mobility. A May study in The Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences analyzed data from more than 20, adults ages 65 and older to evaluate the link between weak grip strength and lack of mobility, in this case slow walking speed. Among the men in the group, those with a weak grip—less than 26 kg using a dynamometer—were seven times more likely to be facing mobility issues compared with men who had normal grip strength. You can take steps to improve grip strength and possibly avoid problems down the road.
Causes and treatments for stiff fingers
Barbara Brody. Are they just over-taxed, or could you be developing progressive autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis RA? In , the European League Against Rheumatism EULAR stated that seven factors can help doctors determine which patients with arthralgia — joint pain without other obvious arthritis symptoms — were most likely to progress to RA. Those factors include morning stiffness and family history of rheumatoid arthritis.
Data sharing is not applicable to this article as no datasets were generated or analysed during the current study. The Clenched Fist Syndrome CFS is a type of a psychiatric disorder, in which the patients show flexion finger contractures. Although no organic etiology can be identified, the syndrome in most cases presents with pain and paradoxical stiffness. We, herein, report the case of a year old woman with a 6-month history of progressive hand flexion contracture and intermittent numbness in the first 3 fingers, mimicking carpal tunnel syndrome. On examination, all digits, including the thumb, were held in a tight flexion at the metacarpal and interphalangeal joints.