Hand and wrist conditions

Who does this affect?

Any age group can be affected. Occasionally, these conditions can go in time by themselves.


Ganglion, lumps, bumps and swellings around the hand and wrist are common and can be worrying, uncomfortable or unsightly. Often there is no cause. They can be associated with a previous wrist sprain or strain. On the finger, they are usually due to arthritis in the finger (knuckle joints).


Clinical assessment and an X-ray are often all that is required. If the lump is large or unusual, an MRI scan is used to confirm the diagnosis.

Non-surgical treatment

Aspiration (using a needle /syringe to suck out the contents) can often work to remove the swelling.

Surgical treatment

A small surgical procedure is often used to remove the lump if it is troublesome.

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