The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam will start September 1st.

Bumps & Lumps Specialist

The Hand Center

Hand Surgeons & Orthopaedics located in Glastonbury, CT & Hartford, CT

You might think that that unusual bump on your hand is just a wart, but it could be a sign that something else is going on. At The Hand Center, with offices in Hartford, Bloomfield, Glastonbury, and Tolland, Connecticut, the orthopedic team offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of abnormal lumps and bumps on your hands and fingers. Whether you need topical medicines for warts or surgery to remove a cyst, The Hand Center team can help. Schedule an appointment today using the online booking feature or by calling The Hand Center office nearest you.

Bumps & Lumps Q & A

What causes lumps and bumps on hands?

One of the most common types of lumps or bumps on your hands is a wart. This small growth can appear anywhere on your fingers or hand and feel rough like a callus. Warts are the result of a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that can enter your body through a small break in your skin.

However, many people mistakenly believe that any bump or lump on their hand or fingers is a wart when the growth is actually something else potentially more serious like:

Tumors

Both benign and malignant tumors can form on the fingers and hand. Some types of tumors can grow slowly, while others grow large quickly and can become painful.

Ganglion cysts

Ganglion cysts develop when the lining of your small joints form a pouch that collects fluids. These pouches commonly grow along a tendon or over the knuckle in your finger and typically aren’t harmful or cancerous.

Dupuytren’s disease

Dupuytren’s disease causes a gradual thickening of the skin on the palm of your hand. As the disease progresses, a lump of tissue can form in your palm. The tissue can begin to tighten, pulling your fingers inward and ultimately causing a deformity in your fingers and hand known as Dupuytren’s contracture.

If you’re unsure about the cause of the abnormal growth on your hand or fingers, schedule an evaluation with the team at The Hand Center.

Arthritis

You can also develop bumps in advanced stages of arthritis if bony protrusions push up towards your skin. These changes are typically seen in the individual joints on the finger.

How are lumps and bumps diagnosed?

The team at The Hand Center is highly experienced in diagnosing the root cause of abnormal lumps and bumps on the hands and fingers. They can do a physical evaluation of the affected area and can sometimes determine what the lump is, based simply on its appearance.

In other cases, diagnostic imaging like X-rays would be necessary to determine the source of the lump. Your provider could also recommend a biopsy, a procedure to remove tissue or fluids from the lump for further evaluation at a medical lab, especially if they suspect that the lump could be cancerous.

How are lumps and bumps treated?

The Hand Center offices are fully equipped for a variety of treatment options based on the root cause of your lumps and bumps.

If your condition relates to arthritis, you would probably need oral medications to relieve pain and inflammation, or injections of steroids or other anti-inflammatories. Your provider at The Hand Center could also suggest various orthoses or splints for your hand and/or fingers to decrease symptoms and increase functional use of your hands.

When ganglion cysts are large or painful, you will probably need an in-office aspiration to drain fluids from the cyst or surgery to remove a cyst. Warts could require anti-viral medications that you take orally or apply topically.

Surgery would be necessary if you have a cancerous tumor or a large or painful benign tumor or cyst.

To schedule a diagnostic consultation for abnormal lumps or bumps on your hands and fingers, call The Hand Center office nearest you or book an appointment online now.