The lump on your hand could be a few things, including:
I would suggest you consult your doctor so they can accurately diagnose the lump on your hand. This may involve further investigation, such as an X-ray, MRI scan or blood tests. Depending on the findings, they will advise you on appropriate treatment (if required). In the meantime here are some facts about ganglion cysts and carpal bosses and the treatment options available, which we hope you find useful.
Ganglions are usually harmless and can be left untreated if they’re not causing you any pain or discomfort. They sometimes disappear by themselves, although this can take a while.
If you are in pain or can’t move your hand, you can have your ganglion cyst treated. There are two main treatments:
It’s not known exactly what causes a carpal boss, although some people think it can be due to injury or repetitive use. Sometimes a carpal boss is painful, especially when you move the wrist up or down, but sometimes it isn’t.
Again, a carpal boss is harmless so if it isn’t causing you any pain or discomfort you can leave it untreated. If it’s bothering you, treatment options include:
Answered by the Health at Hand team.
Ganglion cyst - NHS factsheet
Bone spur (osteophyte) – NHS factsheet
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