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Archive for March 29th, 2012

Bouchard’s Nodes

March 29, 2012

 

Bouchard’s nodes are often associated with osteoarthritis.  These bony prominences appear as bumps in the middle finger joints.  These knuckles are also called the proximal interphalangeal joints, or PIPs.

These bumps may hurt, or they may not.  However Bouchard’s nodes most always affect how fingers flex and extend.  Some researchers believe these bumps are strongly hereditary and that they are caused by osteophytes.

Cold therapy, finger splints, anti inflammatory medication, and hand therapy are all treatment options for finger arthritis.

Charles-Joseph Bouchard (1837 – 1915) was a french doctor who studied arthritis.