Are Those Bumps on My Hand Cancerous Tumors? Relax – Those Lumps may be Ganglion Cysts

Are Those Bumps on My Hand Cancerous Tumors? Relax – Those Lumps may be Ganglion Cysts Having an unexplained lump appear can be frightening. If you are like most people, you automatically worry about cancer when mysterious bump appears. Many people who develop ganglion cysts on their hands worry that they have a malignant tumor or some other life-threatening disease. Fortunately, ganglion cysts are usually harmless. Our hand doctor can determine whether the lump on your hand is a ganglion cyst or something more serious. People used to refer to ganglion cysts as “bible bumps,” according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s website A Nation in Motion, because doctors…

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Why Choose a Hand Surgery Center?

Your hands are vitally important for nearly every activity you perform each day, whether it’s applying makeup, doing the dishes, using a keyboard or driving a car. When you need surgery, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. There are a number of factors to consider – with that in mind, here’s how to choose a hand surgery center, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center in Tampa, Florida. What is a Hand Surgery Center? There are two possible definitions for a hand surgery center. This first is an actual ambulatory surgery center (ASC). The second is a facility devoted to the diagnosis, management and treatment of different…

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Dupuytren’s Contracture: Why do They Call it “Viking’s Disease?”

Dupuytren’s Contracture: Why do They Call it “Viking’s Disease?” “Viking’s disease” is a cool name for a common medical condition affecting the hand. The medical term for the hand problem is Dupuytren’s contracture. The condition causes one or more fingers to curl forward and remain in a bent position. Dupuytren’s contracture is common, but many people have never heard of this condition affecting the hand. Viking’s disease is a thickening of the fibrous tissue layer that lies just beneath the surface of the skin on the palm side of your hand and fingers. Thickening and tightening of this tissue pulls the fingers forward, causing the fingers to curl in the…

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The Causes of Hand Pain

Because the causes of hand pain are extremely diverse, individuals are encouraged to contact a skilled knowledgeable hand doctor shortly after discomfort arises. The complexity of the human hand makes the self-diagnosis of hand ailments among patients difficult if not impossible. Hand pain can arise as a result of a wide variety of disorders and injuries that affect the structures of the hand. These structures include, but are not limited to, bones, muscles, blood vessels, joints, tendons, and general connective tissues. General causes of hand pain range from the exceedingly common (joint inflammation and arthritis) to the exceedingly rare (tumors within the internal structures of the hand). Patients tend to…

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When You Need Wrist Surgery

Complex and very flexible, the wrist is a fascinating joint that allows you to paint, knit, write, do the dishes, drive a car and perform many other activities. So when your wrist is injured or hurts, daily life can become very difficult, especially if it’s your dominant hand. We specialize in hand and wrist surgery at the Florida Hand Center. Anatomy of a Wrist Although we refer to the wrist as a single joint, you might not realize it’s actually made up of eight different bones. Two of them are the lower arm bones (the radius and the ulna) while the remainder are actually hand bones. Each plays a role…

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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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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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Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Ganglion Cysts

Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Ganglion Cysts Has a bump suddenly appeared on your hand? You may have a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled lumps that develop along joints or tendons. While these cysts can appear on ankles, feet or anywhere else on the body, they develop most frequently on the back of the wrist. In fact, ganglion cysts are the most common type of mass or lump in the hand, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). They may appear on the top or underside of the wrist, at the end joint of a finger, or at the base of a finger. Round or oval in shape,…

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Advice from a Hand Doctor on Ganglion Cysts

Although the large bump might be painless, it’s hard not to notice a ganglion cyst.  Many patients are surprised to learn that ganglion cysts are actually tumors.  When these unattractive lumps appear, people sometimes wonder exactly what to do about them.  Although the growths often disappear on their own, some require treatment by a hand doctor. Important Facts About Ganglion Cysts A ganglion cyst most frequently appears on the back side of the wrist, according to Medscape.  Fortunately, about 95 percent of hand tumors are benign.  Of these, approximately 60 percent are ganglion cysts. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes that these fluid-filled cysts are the most common lump…

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Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Dupuytren’s Contracture

Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Dupuytren’s Contracture Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition characterized by thickening of the skin and other tissues of your hand so severe that it causes one or more fingers to curl forward. While the condition is usually painless, it can cause deformity and interfere with the function of your hand. Dupuytren’s contracture most commonly affects the little finger and the ring finger, although it can affect other fingers. Doctors use the word contracture to describe any condition that shortens and hardens muscles, tendons or other tissue in ways that lead to deformity or rigidity of joints. Specifically, Dupuytren’s contracture describes knots of tissue that develop on the…

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