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Your Finger Joint Stiffness May Also be Known as:
Can't extend finger(s)
Can't move finger(s)
Can't straighten finger
Finger stiffness
Hand stiffness
Hand tightness
Hands stiffness
Hands tightness
Hard to bend hand
Hard to bend hands

Top 3 Finger Joint Stiffness Causes

  1. 1.Jammed Finger

    Jammed fingers are common in sports but may occur during daily activity.

    You should visit a physician or urgent care center in the next day. Generally, surgery is not required and splinting is sufficient.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    finger pain from an injury, recent finger injury, swollen finger, finger joint stiffness, finger bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with jammed finger:
    recent finger injury, finger pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Dupuytren Disease

    Dupuytren Disease, also known as Dupuytren's contracture, is a condition that gradually causes connective tissue (fascia) under the skin of the palm to thicken and become scar-like. Although Dupuytren's isn't painful, it does restrict movement. The thickened tissue forces several fingers - usually the ring and pinky fingers - to curl in toward the palm.

    You do not need treatment. In many cases, the condition remains mild and causes little interference with the use of the hand. Consider seeing a primary care physician (PCP) if you are not able to place your hand flat on a table top or if your hand function is significantly affected.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    finger joint stiffness, thickened skin on the finger, hand bump, swollen hands, thickened skin on the palm of the hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. RA is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it is caused by the immune system incorrectly attacking the joints when it shouldn't.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a specialist. RA is a complex disease, which can require prescription medication to help slow down the damage to your joints, as well as pain killers such as ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Anaprox and Naprosyn). Exercise, especially swimming, can also help with pain and stiffness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, muscle aches, joint pain, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Finger Joint Stiffness

  • Q.How long has your hand stiffness been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your hand stiffness?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our finger joint stiffness symptom checker.

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Finger Joint Stiffness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced finger joint stiffness have also experienced:

    • 4% Hand Pain
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Wrist Stiffness
  • People who have experienced finger joint stiffness had symptoms persist for:

    • 58% Over a Month
    • 16% Less Than a Day
    • 13% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced finger joint stiffness were most often matched with:

    • 12% Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • 11% Dupuytren Disease
    • 2% Jammed Finger

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