182017Oct

Why is Carpal Tunnel Painful?

If you’re experiencing hand pain as a result of a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome, you are not alone. Up to nearly six percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from the condition, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The main reason that you feel pain from carpal tunnel is due to median nerve (which runs from your palm of your hand to your forearm, being entrapped, compressed, and squeezed. You also have inflammation along with this condition, which leads to swelling. If your irritated tendons are thickened and you also have swelling, the tunnel where your media nerve resides is narrowed. As a result,…

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112017Oct

How to Avoid Wrist Pain in Yoga

Whether or not you have small joint arthritis, you can experience wrist pain from participating in yoga. Pain in your wrist, along with cracking knuckles in your fingers and hands, are common occurrences in this physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. It can develop as a result of: Poor alignment of the shoulder Weight-bearing yoga poses, such as the downward facing dog. Carpal tunnel syndrome Osteoarthritis Small joint arthritis Tendonitis Lack of flexibility Injury Repetitive strain injuries Your choice of location where you perform yoga could also be a contributing factor to your wrist discomfort. For instance, do you have your yoga sessions on a mat placed on carpet? If so,…

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182017Sep

Can Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Your mother may have warned you about it. Or maybe it was your grandfather. “Don’t crack your knuckles!” they say. “It will give you arthritis!” It may have gotten you to stop engaging in this bad habit as a child, but is it really true? Can cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis? Why Do Knuckles Crack? In order to answer this question with absolute certainty, one must first fully understand exactly what knuckle cracking is. It turns out that this familiar sound is actually caused by the small gas bubbles that form in the fluid that surrounds and cushions your joints (synovial fluid). Clinically known as crepitus, the auditory cracks…

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152017Sep

What Causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, which is technically called lateral epicondylitis, occurs when the tendons and muscles located in your forearm become strained as a result of strenuous or repetitive activities. Tennis Elbow Prevalence Up to 50 percent of people who play tennis get tennis elbow sometime during their careers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Of the population on the whole, about one to three percent of people develop it.  Men develop the condition more often than women. It affects more people in the 30 to 50 age group than other age groups, though any person of any age can develop it. When you have this condition, you experience tenderness and pain on…

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132017Sep

What Are Most Common Hand Injuries?

Did you know that hand injuries represent up to 10 percent of emergency department visits people make in the U.S.? That’s largely because no matter your age or your occupation, you’re always using your hand. It also because your hands are so intricate and complex in design and feature, that they are prone to injuries, both from overuse and from an acute event. After all, the hand is comprised of 27 bones, as well as other associated structures, including ligaments, tendons, muscles, veins, arteries, and nerves. It’s no wonder that hand injuries are so common. Hand, wrist, or finger injuries most commonly happen during: Participating in recreational activities. Playing contact…

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72017Aug

What Does Arthritis In Your Hands Feel Like?

The Arthritis Foundation reports that as many as one in five people over 18 years of age suffer from arthritis in at least one of their joints. Whether due to joint inflammation or wearing down of your cartilage over time, arthritis evolves when your cartilage that normally provides shock absorption and cushioning is unable to function as it’s supposed to. When you develop arthritis in your hands, it can cause a number of symptoms including: Painful hands. Pain in your hands is often the first sign of arthritis. The pain you experience can be either a burning sensation or a dull, achy feeling. This pain may make it difficult for…

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182017Jul

Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Arthritis of the Hand

Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Arthritis of the Hand There are many bones, muscles and ligaments in your hands, and they all work together to perform a very wide range of motion, from grasping large objects to threading a needle. Arthritis of the hands can make these tasks difficult, as pain and stiffness prevent you from moving your fingers, thumb and wrists freely. Left untreated, arthritis can actually change the shape of the bones in your hand and wrist, causing even more pain and limited mobility. Fortunately, our Florida hand doctor has the training, experience, and advanced tools to detect, diagnose and treat arthritis of the hand. About Arthritis Arthritis is…

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292017Jun

The Basics of Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar Joint Arthritis Defined Otherwise known as “thumb arthritis,” basilar joint arthritis is the most common form of hand wear and tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) according to the medical experts at the Mayo Clinic. The condition arises when the joint cartilage at the base of the thumb begins to wear away. As this cartilage tissue becomes thinner, it provides less and less cushioning to protect against the thumb’s constant fine motor movements. Without an abundance of cushioning cartilage, damage and inflammation compound exponentially as joints become rougher and grind even harder against one another. Patients often become aware of this damage when they begin to experience pronounced localized pain, swelling, tenderness, and…

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122017May

Treating Basilar Joint Arthritis

The opposable thumb is one of the important musculoskeletal differences that makes humans what they are. The thumb allows us to grip things more securely and perform a variety of tasks more efficiently. However, as a moveable joint, the thumb is susceptible to arthritis, called basilar joint arthritis because it occurs at the base of the thumb. At the Florida Hand Center, we can treat basilar joint arthritis conservatively or with surgery. About Basilar Joint Arthritis Arthritis comes in many forms, but the two most common types are autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasitic arthritis, and degenerative arthritis, which usually occurs with increasing age and wear and tear. In…

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52017May

What to Expect if You Develop Small Joint Arthritis

Fingers are so useful that anything that interferes with their ability to move properly can derail everyday activities.  One of the disorders that affects how fingers work is small joint arthritis. Overview of Small Joint Arthritis The Arthritis Foundation notes that a joint in the hand is the meeting of two or more bones.  While the thumb contains two joints, every finger has three.  Cartilage covers the surfaces of bones where they converge to make joints.  This provides a gliding surface as bones move against each other.  A capsule lined with a thin membrane that secretes lubricating fluid encloses finger joints. After significant wear or damage to cartilage, a joint…

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