Treatment for Lumps and Bumps on the Fingers and Hands
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Lumps and Bumps on the Fingers and Hands
What Causes Lumps and Bumps on Finger and Hand?There are a plethora of reasons why fingers and hands may have the occasional lump and bump. Some of the most common causes of lumps and bumps include:
- Bouchard’s nodes are bony nodules generally caused by osteoarthritis. The nodules usually grow around the middle joints of your fingers.
- Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous, fluid-filled lumps that usually develop on the tendons or joints in your hands, fingers, or wrists.
- Carpal boss is a bone mass on the back of the hand where the finger bones meet the arm bones.
- Dupuytren’s contracture is a thick, tight area of tissue on the palm at the base of the fingers. Over time, the thick patch of skin can cause the fingers to curl towards the palm.
- Heberden’s nodes are bony lumps on the top finger joint. These lumps are generally a symptom of osteoarthritis.
- Rheumatoid nodules are firm lumps that grow under the skin. These nodules are generally a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause painful lumps or bumps anywhere on the body. Gout is basically when too much uric acid gathers around the joints.
- Warts on the hands and fingers are generally common and don’t indicate a serious condition. They are also not painful, unlike other types of lumps and bumps linked to underlying conditions.
- Dyshidrosis causes fluid-filled blisters to grow on the hands, fingers, and feet. Doctors are unsure what causes this condition, but it can be associated with eczema.
- Giant-cell tumors are rare, non-cancerous tumors that generally grow near joints. Most often, these tumors grow in the long bones of the arms and legs. The cause of giant-cell tumors is generally unknown.
- Mucous cysts are similar to ganglion cysts because they grow on the top knuckle of the finger. Basically, mucous cysts are exactly what they sound like: lumps filled with fluid. Mucous cysts are generally a symptom of arthritis.
- Epidermal inclusion cysts are generally related to previous finger cuts or other hand injuries. These types of cysts form when the outermost layer of the skin lodges deeper than it should and forms lumps under the skin. Additionally, epidermal inclusion cysts can potentially become infected.
- Fibromas are benign tumors made of fibrous tissue. Fibromas can grow as a result of injury or irritation.
- Neuroma is also commonly referred to as a “pinched nerve.” A neuroma is basically a nerve tumor that causes burning or tingling pain and is often found between the third and fourth toes. However, neuromas can develop in the fingers or hands as well.
- Lipomas are fatty lumps that are often found between the skin and underlying muscles. Doctors are generally unsure of the direct cause of lipomas, however, they’re usually harmless.
- Broken bones in your fingers or hands can undoubtedly cause severe pain, random lumps, and general misshapenness.
- Hematomas are basically bad bruises that can cause bumps or lumps anywhere. Blood pools under the skin’s surface as a result of a hematoma. Because of the pooled blood, there is generally a lumpy appearance.
- Herpetic whitlow is a type of herpes that causes painful blisters to form on the fingers or hands. You can only develop herpetic whitlow if you undoubtedly come into contact with type one or type two of the herpes simplex virus.
What are the Risk Factors for Lumps and Bumps on Finger and Hand?
The lumps and bumps caused by underlying conditions have specific risk factors.
- Age: people who are 50 years and older are more certainly prone to types to arthritis that affect the hands.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: if you have a history of rheumatoid arthritis, you are certainly more likely to develop bumps on your fingers and hands because of the chronic joint inflammation.
- Osteoarthritis: people who struggle with osteoarthritis will also have a higher risk of bumps on the fingers and hands because of the worn cartilage associated with the condition.
- Past injuries: if you have broken a bone in the past, your chances of developing lumps and bumps are undoubtedly higher due to joint stress and scar tissue.
Symptoms of Lumps and Bumps on Finger and Hand
Lumps and bumps on the fingers and hands can range from mild to severe pain and can accompany other symptoms as well. Generally, symptoms depend on the underlying cause of the lump and can include:
- Misshapen or crooked joints
- Reduced range of motion
- Scaly, thick skin
Symptoms that Indicate a Serious Condition
If you have any of the symptoms listed below in relation to a bump on finger or hand, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Bone protruding through the skin
- Extreme deformity of the finger joints
- Severe swelling
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or fingers
Treatments for Lumps and Bumps on Finger and Hand
Treatment for bump on finger and hand entirely depends on the cause. For example, a hard lump caused by osteoarthritis will need entirely different treatment compared to a common wart. Some lumps and bumps may never go away, such as ganglion cysts or Dupuytren’s nodules. If your type of lumps are causing significant pain and are preventing you from accomplishing daily tasks, your doctor may recommend these treatments:
- Cortisone injections
How Can I Prevent Lumps and Bumps on the Finger and Hand?
There is not one sole cause of bumps on the fingers and hands, and occasionally doctors don’t fully understand why they exist. Because bumps on the hands or fingers are most commonly caused by degenerative joint and bone conditions, it’s important to stay healthy. Listed below are a few ways to maintain healthy joints and bones.
- Maintain a healthy weight: carrying excess weight causes extra strain on your knees, ankles, hips, and back. In fact, each extra pound of weight the human body carries equals four pounds of additional pressure on the joints according to the Arthritis Foundation. For this reason, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy weight to prevent degenerative joint diseases that can cause the occasional bump on finger.
- Exercise regularly: another crucial part of maintaining healthy joints and bones is to keep moving. After a full eight hours of working at the office, it’s important to exercise for at least 30 minutes to reduce joint stiffness and to maintain a healthy weight. This could mean walking, biking, swimming, running, dancing, lifting weights, or doing yoga. Any type of movement is good movement.
- Eat a healthy diet: it’s important to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Not only will a healthy diet support bone and joint health, it will help you maintain a healthy weight too. Foods rich in vitamin D, calcium, and omega 3 can reduce joint inflammation, maintain strong bones, and build muscle. Foods containing these three nutrients include dairy products, green leafy vegetables, berries, nuts, and fish.
Call SPORT Orthopedics and Physical Therapy Today
A sudden bump on finger or the hand can be alarming and can be linked to a number of causes or conditions. If you have lumps and bumps that are causing extreme deformities or pain, a Dallas physical therapist can certainly provide relief. Call us today at 469-200-2832 to begin your pain free life.