Waking up with stiff hands is a relatively common problem with a variety of potential causes. Arthritis, tendon changes, and even nerve compression may be to blame for this annoying and potentially disabling concern.
Distal biceps ruptures are common injuries that lead to significant decrease in elbow supination strength and pain. This Technical Note describes a single-incision distal biceps tendon repair using 2 knotless suture anchors. This technique is easily reproducible, is efficient, and has the unique benefits of decreasing the risk of heterotopic ossification and damage to neurovascular structure while providing similar outcomes to other described fixation techniques.
Having a finger or thumb lock up in a straight or bent position is a common problem. A locked finger or thumb is the telltale sign of trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis. This occurs when the sheath of tissue that wraps around a tendon (the tissue that connects muscle to bone) becomes inflamed.
Hands locking up can be a symptom of various medical conditions, or occur as a side effect of anxiety. Common causes of hands locking up include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, and trigger finger. These conditions can also cause pain, swelling, and difficulty with daily tasks.
This article presents an adaptation of the internal brace ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) repair technique using knotless suture anchors, which shows promise for improved postsurgical functionality and a shortened recovery period in patients with UCL injuries.