We look at the various causes and treatment options, as well as stretches and… READ MORE Scleroderma is an uncommon immune disorder that causes collagen to build up in the tissue, making it harden. Stiff fingers can cause much discomfort and loss of motion in the hands. The damaged vertebrae can press on nearby nerves, causing numbness in the hands, arms, and fingers. Osteoarthritis: A joint disease that involves the breakdown of the joint cartilage that occurs gradually over time. Scleroderma. Medical conditions such as gout and diabetes (1). Finger injury. Typically, stiffness begins in the joints of the hands. Without normal use of your hands and fingers, activities including household tasks, work, hobbies, and sports all can become more difficult. Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning; A popping or clicking sensation as you move your finger; Tenderness or a bump (nodule) in the palm at the base of the affected finger; Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight; Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten Stretching is a time-honored way to alleviate stiffness and a proven way to deal with stiff or irritated tendons in your fingers. Most people with cervical spondylosis don’t have … It can cause pain and stiffness, and make it difficult to use your hands and wrists properly. Nerve damage in the hands or fingers is a cause for stiff fingers. This can occur at any time of day, whether you’re active or not. You may wake up and feel like you can’t bend your fingers or make a fist. Morning stiffness often affects small joints, like those in your hands, fingers, wrists, and toes. Osteoarthritis can cause bony lumps to develop on the hands, particularly on the fingers. Although stiff joints are a classic symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you can also get them for other reasons.. Finger and hand shapes: To increase mobility and reduce stiffness in the fingers, move the fingers into “O” or “C” shapes. Stiffness or decreased movement, Unable to grip (hands) and Weakness ... Dupuytren's contracture is a condition of the hand tissue that causes the fingers to curl. There are many things that can cause stiff fingers: Arthritis. Cold temperatures, on the other hand, can cause stiff fingers by numbing the hand's nerves. Stiffness in one or more of the smaller joints is a common early sign of RA. Neck injury with irritation or compression of spinal nerves that provide important signals to fingers can lead to hand and finger stiffness. This is usually the cause for cases of finger stiffness in the morning; air temperatures tend to drop in the early hours of the day, especially in cooler climates. Hold the shape for a few seconds, then release and repeat. 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