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What causes sudden stiffness in the fingers?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

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Posted on Mon, 8 Oct 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: suddenly I cannot uncurl the fingers of my left hand, is this serious? i can still use my thumb on that hand..
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Can be due to nerve compression.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The inability to uncurl the fingers of hand with pain can be due to a nerve compression at the level of cervical spine. A stroke is less likely.

A nerve compression is also associated with numbness or tingling in the fingers. In case the pain is severe or there is a constant tingling then consulting a neurologist for a detailed examination will be helpful.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal 23 hours later
i went to E R they ran many tests blood, xrayed my left elbow and my left hand they scanned my head and my cervical neck area 9 i have had surgery on three vertebrae in neck/ spine 4 years ago fusion. they could not diagnose any reason for the curling suddenly in my pinky my ring and some in third long finger. My index and thumb seem uninvolved. i am seeing a hand specialist today, the E R Doctor, forced my fingers to uncurl then left my hand palm down but it would not go flat. He immediately splinted my hand and forearm to elbow. does this give you any new thoughts?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Can be muscle fibrosis or tendinosis.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The symptoms that you have can be due to nerve compression or sudden muscle fibrosis or tendinosis which needs further investigations to find the cause.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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