Humans have been making artistic images of hands for at least 10,000 years. The Cave of Hands in Argentina contains images of hands made by spraying paint through bone pipes to make a silhouette of the hand on the cave wall. Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance artists filled sketch books with studies of hands, and hand gestures were very important in their paintings. One of the most well-known of these depictions of hands in art is from ‘the creation of Adam’ on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, where the fingers of God the Father and Man touch in a loving gesture.
If your hand is impaired in any way, surgery may improve your condition. This type of very specialized surgery can treat diseases that cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and fingers. Surgery seeks to restore to near normal the function of fingers and hands injured by trauma or to correct abnormalities that were present at birth. Specifically, hand surgery can treat:
A doctor can diagnose arthritis of the hand by examining the hand and by taking x-rays. Specialized studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are usually not needed except in cases where Keinbock's disease (a condition where the blood supply to one of the small bones in the wrist, the lunate, is interrupted) is suspected. Sometimes a bone scan is helpful. A bone scan may help the doctor diagnose arthritis when it is in an early stage, even if x-rays look normal.