Do You Need Wrist Surgery for Your Ganglion Cyst?

The appearance of a ganglion cyst in the wrist nearly always takes a person by surprise.  This benign tumor can grow so large that patients wonder if wrist surgery is their only option for relief. Overview of Ganglion Cysts The first sign of a ganglion cyst is a large bump around a joint or a tendon sheath, most often in a hand, wrist, or foot.  The University of California, San Francisco says the fluid-enclosed bump is the most common type of soft-tissue mass that forms in the hands and the wrists.  The female-to-male occurrence ratio is 3:1.  Although researchers have uncovered no specific cause, they know that up to 70…

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Exploring Treatment Options for Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar joint arthritis is a painful condition that affects men and women all over the United States. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. Below is some information to help you understand this condition and select the best treatment. Understanding Basilar Joint Arthritis Basilar joint arthritis is a condition that causes a toothache-like pain in the wrist and thumb when you attempt to twist, pinch or grip an object with that hand. Some patients may also notice pain when the weather changes. This pain is the result of thinning in the cartilage between the wrist and the thumb, which leads to inflammation. You may have this condition in just one hand, or…

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Options

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common, painful condition affecting the elbow. Although this condition is uncomfortable, it can be alleviated with the right treatment. Below is some basic information about cubital tunnel syndrome and the treatment options available to patients with this condition. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Basics Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve of the elbow becomes compressed because of decreased flexibility or pressure in the surrounding tissues. This leads to a numbness and tingling in the outermost fingers of the hand. Patients with more advanced disease may also experience clawing of the fingers, clumsiness and muscle loss. Doctors are not sure why this condition develops in some…

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The Basics of DeQuervain’s Tendonitis

DeQuervain’s Tendonitis Defined A painful condition that affects tendons on the thumb-side of the wrist,  DeQuervain’s tendonitis restricts patents’ ability to turn their wrist, grasp objects in their hands, and/or make a fist. What Causes DeQuervain’s Tendonitis? Scientists still have much to learn about the precise cause of DeQuervain’s tendonitis, but the pain and swelling associated with the disorder are a result of localized inflammation of tendons and/or tendon sheaths in the wrist and thumb area. This inflammation is triggered and aggravated by repetitive hand or wrist movements such as those associated with general office work, housekeeping, and child-rearing duties. Hobbies and sports (gardening, needlepoint, carpentry, and playing golf or racquet…

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Causes of Lateral Epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition that affects the elbow. Many people now refer to the condition as “tennis elbow,” but British surgeon Henry Morris first called the condition “lawn tennis arm” in an 1883 publication of The Lancet. Others had called it different names, such as “writer’s cramp” and “washer woman’s elbow.” Doctors have learned quite a lot about lateral epicondylitis since the 1800s. They quickly learned that the condition affects more than just tennis players – the painful elbow problem can develop in almost anyone who uses repetitive motions with their elbow. Medical researchers have also learned about the underlying causes of lateral epicondylitis and its risk factors….

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What Hand Surgeons want You to Know about the Wide Awake Approach

The wide awake approach is used by hand surgeons for up to 95 percent of all surgeries on the hand for many conditions including trigger finger and damaged flexor tendon. During the procedure, the patient is fully awake and all that is used is a local anesthetic. What the patient experiences is much like getting a filling at the dentist. It is easier and safer because the patient is unsedated. It also means that there are no pre-op tests that are required. When the surgery is over the patient can get up and go home. While wide awake hand surgery is far less complicated than surgery where the patient is…

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Common Sports Injuries Resulting in Wrist Pain

It’s common to injure your wrist while playing sports, such as golf or tennis. But when you first sustain the injury, you might not think a wrist pain or a sore finger is serious. However, if left untreated, it can disrupt your usual activities for months. Worse still, it can potentially have a lasting effect on your normal wrist functioning. Sports-Related Injuries That Cause Wrist Pain According to a study in Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, between three and nine percent of all sports injuries involve the wrist or hand. Sports-related injuries can range from a minor ache to a dislocation or fracture of your wrist. Some of the most…

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How to Prepare for Hand or Wrist Surgery

When you are facing surgery, it can be overwhelming, especially when that surgery will incapacitate you to some degree, such as hand surgery. Knowing what to expect in your preparations and getting your home and family organized prior to your operation can help ease a great deal of the anxiety and make your recovery go much smoother. This guide will help you prepare as well as know what to expect as you get ready to have hand surgery. Your Pre-Op Appointment for Wrist or Hand Surgery You will have an appointment prior to your surgery to meet with a hand specialist. Use this time to ask your hand surgeon any…

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Surgery for Lateral Epicondylitis

More commonly known as tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis is a painful disorder affecting tendons and muscles connected to the bump on the outside portion of an elbow.  Fortunately, symptoms eventually get better for most patients with conservative treatments.  However, a hand doctor might recommend surgery when pain incapacitates a patient after an extended period. Overview of the Condition According to the University of North Carolina, between 1 and 3 percent of individuals suffer from this disorder every year.  Age is the greatest risk factor.  Men and women develop the condition equally.  Three out of every four cases involve the arm of the individual’s dominant hand. Around 90 percent of patients…

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Medical Specialties – Meet the Hand Doctor

When you have a problem with your hand or wrist and surgery is recommended, your family doctor may refer you to a hand surgeon (sometimes also called a hand doctor or hand specialist). These highly trained physicians can treat a wide variety of problems and may also treat the entire arm. Hand doctors come from different medical backgrounds; here’s a bit about the medical specialty from the Florida Hand Center. The Basics Hand surgeons begin their careers in one of three medical specialties: general surgery, plastic surgery or orthopaedic surgery. All must have a bachelor’s degree to enter medical school, and while many choose a science major, that’s not required….

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