Thumb CMC Joint Arthritis

The thumb CMC joint is at the bottom or base of the thumb and is also called the basilar joint. This joint is very commonly affected by arthritis. Women are affected more often than men and the age of onset is typically after age 40 years. Ligamentous laxity (having loose joints), previous injury, or family history increase the chance of... Continue Reading

Dupuytren’s Disease

Dupuytren’s disease (also called Dupuytren’s contracture or palmar fibromatosis) is a condition that affects the tissue under the skin of the palms of the hand. This tissue, called the palmar fascia, is normal tissue, but it becomes abnormal. In this condition, the tissue becomes thick and tough, turning into a band or cord that actually starts pulling one or more... Continue Reading

Thumb Metacarpophalangeal (MCP) Joint Sprain (Gamekeeper’s/ Skier’s Thumb)

Gamekeeper’s/ Skier’s thumb is an injury to a particular ligament in the thumb at the level of the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint. The injured structure is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) on the inside part of the joint. This injury happens when the thumb is forcefully bent away from the UCL side of the joint, causing the ligament to strain and,... Continue Reading

Early Onset and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is the term for excess curvature of the spine that occurs in children over age 10 years, while Early Onset Scoliosis affects children less than 10 years of age. Often diagnosed by a school nurse, pediatrician, or parent, this curvature begins in childhood and can worsen during the accelerated growth that occurs during adolescence. Patients are evaluated... Continue Reading

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis Elbow is a musculoskeletal condition characterized by pain on the outside part of the elbow. The painful area is called the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, and is the area of origin for the group of muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. A minor trauma or overuse injury is often to blame for this condition. Patients may feel... Continue Reading

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful musculoskeletal condition involving severe pain under the pad of the heel. Patients often complain the most about pain when they first get up in the morning and try to get out of bed. A podiatrist or orthopaedic surgeon will often order foot xrays, and these may show a small bone spur underneath the calcaneus or... Continue Reading

Bunion Deformity of Foot

Bunion deformity is the term for a bump that forms on the inner border of the large joint in the great toe. Along with the bump, the great toe angles toward the outside of the foot. Bunions can sometimes just be a change in the appearance of the foot, but can sometimes cause pain, often as the bump becomes prominent... Continue Reading