Hand Function pp 185-199 | Cite as

Hand Function in Common Hand Problems

  • Lynn H. GerberEmail author


This chapter was designed to identify the commonly encountered nontraumatic hand problems that patients are likely to present to a practitioner. Often the presentation includes both pain and dysfunction.

The focus is on how to evaluate the hand, correlate symptoms with findings that lead to a diagnosis, and identify treatments that have been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms and/or improving hand function. Some aspects of pathophysiology are also included, for example, the role of overuse or pathomechanical problems that result from abnormalities of joint alignment. Often, these diagnoses are made using clinical examination, with imaging, electromyography, and nerve conduction being used to support or confirm the findings.

The following are the diagnoses or syndromes discussed in this chapter:

Carpal tunnel syndrome, stenosing tenosynovitis, de Quervain’s syndrome, Dupuytren’s tenosynovitis, carpometacarpal arthritis, sprains/strains of the digits, Kienbock’s disease, complex regional pain syndrome, and focal dystonia.


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  1. 1.Department Health Administration and Policy, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and DisabilityGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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