Doctor, It Doesn't Hurt When I Do This...
August 14, 2014 2:43 PM Subscribe
Once in a blue moon, I have a weird joint issue - my finger knuckle seems to get "stuck". My father - who has arthritis - says that's probably what it is. But I'm not so sure. Help?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know you aren't my doctor and you aren't giving me medical advice.
It almost feels like what's happening is more like a mild form of dislocation - I'll be moving my fingers along, typing or grabbing something or whatever, and suddenly for whatever reason, one of my fingers will just get sort of "stuck" straight, like the middle knuckle has dislocated slightly and it's "locked". There's no pain, it's just....stuck. If I usually just use my other hand to bend it and it "unsticks" - there's no pain when I do that either. At most I feel a slight faint "click" that feels like the tendon clicking over something, or like when you crack a knuckle.
Dad says it's probably arthritis, but I don't have any of the symptoms of early arthritis at all. No stiffness, no pain, no swelling, no grinding sensation in the joint, nothing. There's also no rhyme or reason to when this "locking" thing happens - it'll just be once in a blue moon. There's no warning, no pain before, no over-exertion - it'll be moving fine and be flexible, then suddenly it'll just be stuck, I'll unstick it and it's back to normal movement again. It mostly seems to affect the middle and ring fingers. I'd say this may happen every couple months or so.
Is this arthritis? Or some other weird tendon thing? Ever heard of this? Thanks!