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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Does Drawing Up of the Hand Indicate Arthritis?

01/03/2008

Question:

I am 50 year old female.  I do housekeeping at a hospital and I use my hands constantly. The past 6 months my left hand starts to draw up on me, and it feels like a charlie horse.  I shake it fast to get rid of the pain, and get it to quit drawing up. Do I have arthritis?

Answer:

The drawing up of the hand is most likely not due to arthritis. It's most likely tenosynovitis that is accounting for the symptoms. If you can bend your fingers and then unable to open them without prying them open, then you have what's called a trigger finger. Another possibility is the development of Dupuytren's contracture.

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Response by:

Johnny  Su, MD Johnny Su, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University