Call your health care provider if
If the condition is congenital, it is usually diagnosed at birth. If you notice claw hand developing, contact your health care provider.
What to expect at your health care provider's office
The health care provider will perform a physical examination. This examination may include extra attention to the hands and feet.
The health care provider will also ask for your medical history. Medical history questions may include:
- Time pattern
- When did you first notice the abnormal hand shape?
- Is it getting worse?
- Does it affect both hands?
- Do other symptoms occur at the same time?
Your doctor may order other studies, such as electromyography (
Treatment depends on the cause of the deformity. It may include:
- Surgery to fix problems that may be contributing to the claw hand, such as nerve problems, tendon abnormalities, or scar tissue
- Therapy to straighten the fingers
Review Date: 07/28/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.