Sticky knuckle joint

Patient : During the night the fourth finger of my right hand becomes drawn in and stuck in a bent in position. I cannot unbend it. I have had Degenerative Disc Disease with numbness of my hands and arms in the past, I was wondering if this could be due to a pinched nerve or just arthritis. The joint seems to be sticky, when I physically take a hold of it to straighten it out it seems to twang past an obstruction. It has been getting worse, it now gets stuck during the day as well.The joint is not particularly painful. If I clench my fist all my other fingers will obey me and open back out except this one.
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