Hand X-ray

Hand X-ray reveals the inner structures of the hand, including bones like metacarpals, carpals, phalanges, the distal portion of radial and ulnar joints. This helps diagnose a fracture, joint inflammation in arthritis, dislocation, calcifications, and the presence of foreign bodies. Hand X-rays are taken in three views based on the need posteroanterior view, ball catcher's view, and lateral view.

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Is it necessary to take DMARDs for psoriatic arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40-year-old female with presumed psoriatic arthritis. At the onset, I had mild, intermittent finger swelling and pain over five years ago, also, intermittent SI joint pain. SI joint X-ray only mentions mild sclerosis. Recent hand X-rays show three small erosions in my fourth and f...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) are considered first-line drugs for psoriatic arthritis, especially in patients who are non-responsive to NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). However, in patients with good responses...  Read Full »

My son is having severe pain after punching the wall with his fist. Is it a fracture?

Query: Hi doctor, My 14 year old son punched a wall with his fist, and it resulted in an immediate swelling of a knuckle. I applied an ice pack immediately for 20 minutes, which decreased the swelling to some extent. The color of the skin has also slightly changed. He is complaining of severe throbbing pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your son's injury. The clinical photograph that you provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows some evidence of soft tissue injury and a small hematoma (a small collection of blood beneath the dermis) in the soft tissue overlying ...  Read Full »

I got injured in my fractured arm. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a plate in my right ulna from a previous injury. I have had one plate snap on me and had to have it replaced last month. It was a hard heal. As there was a 3 mm gap between both sides of the ulna, they decided to put synthetic bone graft around it. Tonight, I accidentally had a hit...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no doubt that x-rays of the affected forearm should be done in both AP (anteroposterior) and lateral views to rule out any bony crack especially at the plate ends as these are potential areas of stresses. Until that time, my advice will be to start with ice pa...  Read Full »

How to treat a stiff finger after an injury?

Query: Hi doctor, A few months before, I got an injury on my finger. Now, my finger has become very stiff. When I try to straighten it, it is popping back. Also, it is very painful. What to do? Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have mentioned that you got an injury to your finger previously and now, you are having some issue with its movements. As per your symptoms, it could be subluxating out of the joint and then coming back as per the movements. For that, I will advise you to kindly ge...  Read Full »

Should I consult a doctor for swelling and pain in knuckles and fingers after an injury?

Query: Hello doctor, A couple of days ago, I punched a brick wall. After the punch, I felt a very sharp pain in my entire hand, like a throbbing pain. About 30 minutes after, my hand was still hurting and when I would try to make a fist, my pinky and ring finger would not go all the way. My pinky also fel...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurav Pandey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your hand. I think the bruise you mentioned could be because of any bony injury or just soft tissue injury. But it would be worth to get an x-ray of the hand to rule out a fracture. The mechanism of injury you mentioned might cause something calle...  Read Full »

Why is my middle finger curved towards the ring finger?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I noticed that my left hand fingers look different that is some sort of out of place. The left ring finger is no longer straight and is leaning towards my index finger. I am not sure if the other fingers look normal or not. But, it is annoying me. The ring finger being bent, le...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history as well as the images attached to the query (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is subluxation of the metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP joint) towards the radial direction. To determine subluxation towards palmar side or...  Read Full »

The x-ray of my broken hand shows that my bone is still unhealed. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My distal phalanx of the left-hand middle finger is broken (complete and open fracture) along with nail bed injury five months ago. As of now, I was feeling some abnormal activities at the fracture site. So I went for an X-ray, and it shows half of the bone is healed from the lower sid...  Read Full »


Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Well, we have to treat the patient and not X-ray. Kindly describe the abnormal activity you are feeling. Secondly, anything which you are not able to do with this hand?   Read Full »

My partner had slipped and fell on a wooden floor. Kindly give a second opinion on her X-ray.

Query: Hello doctor, My partner had a small accident while on holidays. She slipped and fell on a wooden floor and landed on her outstretched right hand. (dominant hand). Her wrist got injured, received immediate medical attention with a splint attached, and an X-ray image was taken about 14 hours after th...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is a fracture involving the lower end of the radius and in the styloid process of ulna bone (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is not much displacement in the fracture areas. It is essential that you meet a consultant orthopedician and revi...  Read Full »

I have joint pain since delivery, especially in my hands. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 33 and since having my baby a year ago I am suffering from joint pain, especially in my wrists and fingers. I have pins and needles sensation at times and writing is becoming difficult. I just got my reports and have elevated CRP and low folate. Any idea what could be wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have pain in the small joints of your body with an elevated CRP (C-reactive protein) level. I suggest you go for an investigation to rule out rheumatoid arthritis. Do anti-CCP (anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide) and RF (Rheumatoid factor)...  Read Full »

After a fracture, my finger looks bent and swollen. Should I go for a surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I broke the top joint of my right pinky finger, two and a half months ago, late the night, before I was leaving for a two-month trip abroad. I tried to splint it, but it did not work, and it bent down by about 45 degrees, and now the joint is swollen. After getting an X-ray, now that ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Two and a half months is a very long time for a phalanx fracture to heal. There is no role of splint after two months. So, I would not recommend wearing the splint for six weeks on a trial basis. To decide whether there will be any movement at the joint or not, I need...  Read Full »

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