Dupuytren's contractures (also known as Viking's Disease) is a condition that is caused by thickening of the tissue that is under the skin in the hands. Nodules, pits, and cords can occur in the hands, which may cause the fingers to flex abnormally into the palm. Mild cases are usually asymptomatic, but severe cases can cause significant distress to one's life and leave the hand in a nonfunctional position. Traditionally, the treatment was surgical only, and involved in taking out the cords.
Elbow fractures come in multiple forms. We have 3 bones that we consider the elbow. The upper arm is the humerus, and the forearm has the ulna and radius. When we have an injury to the elbow, any combination of those 3 bones can be fractured. Many times, the soft tissue (ligaments) are also hurt.
Arthritis can affect any joint in the hand, wrist, and elbow. Generally, it's grouped into inflammatory and osteoarthritis. Inflammatory arthritis include conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthrits, lupus, etc. Osteoarthritis results from wear and tear. The location of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis differs and the treatment options are different.
Scaphoid is one of the most important bones in the wrist. Fractures to this bone commonly occur after a fall on outstretched hands. Recently, I was exercising and sustained a fracture myself. My fracture required surgery but not all scaphoid fractures need surgery. Some may heal well in a cast, but that could take up to 3 months or even longer. Thus, next time you fall and feel a lot of wrist pain which persists beyond a few days, you may want to come by for an x-ray. I'm certainly glad I took caution and had this fracture treated appropriately. Otherwise, I'd be looking at a lifetime of potential wrist pain.