Orthopaedics

Bone Spurs in Hand

Bone spurs are nothing but tiny projections of the bones’ edges. Bone spurs are also referred to as osteophytes, and they are known to form near the joints, ligaments or tendons. Bone spurs in hand is in fact a very common place for the bones to get projected. Other common places where we observe bone spurs are hips, spine, shoulders, knees and the feet. Bone spurs in hand are evident in the form of lumps under the skin.

Causes of Bone Spurs in Hand:

As mentioned earlier, osteophytes in the hand are evident in the form of lumps under the skin, especially in the palms, wrists or fingers. In some people, they may just not be evident and can remain undiagnosed.

People who suffer from conditions like osteoarthritis or tendinitis are known to develop osteophytes. In these conditions, there exists inflammation. Inflammation causes the bone forming cells to deposit bone tissue in the inflamed region thus, leading to a bony projection, and spurs over a period of time, as the tissues get hardened.

Symptoms:

The projected bone growths tend to rub against the neighboring bones and nerves and irritate them. Eventually, they would cause the joints to swell and cause severe joint pain.

  • Formation of osteophytes in the fingers can cause them to look disfigured and out of shape.
  • The region where the spurs occur on the hand would become tender to touch and also go numb.
  • Hands would go stiff and also lose their range of motion.

Treatment:

When we approach an orthopedist with the problem of bone spurs in hand, the first thing that one might suggest is resting the aching hand. After properly diagnosing as to what condition is causing the osteophytes, the treatment would begin.

  • Doctors usually begin with NSAIDs and oral inflammatory injections. If the oral injections fail to have any affect, then steroids are injected directly into the patient’s affected joint.
  • Along with medications, physical therapy and exercising will also help decrease the stiffness of the hand and restore the hand function to an extent.
  • If the above non-invasive methods don’t seem to work, a surgery would be required in order to remove the spurs from the hand.

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