142017Feb

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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102017Jan

Wrist Pain – A Problem Looking for a Solution

Pain in the wrist is quite common among American adults. The wrist is a marvel of flexibility and complexity, but those very characteristics increase the chances of wrist pain at some point for many people. While not all wrist pain requires surgery, if you get to that point, you may need help from a hand surgeon or hand specialist. For more information about wrist pain, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center, please read on. How Anatomy Affects Wrist Pain Your wrist is a bit of an genetic engineering marvel, consisting of eight small bones and numerous joints that are connected by ligaments (the muscles that control the wrist are actually…

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212015Dec

Treating Lateral Epicondylitis is Important

When you play tennis or other repetitive sports a lot, you can get something called “tennis elbow.” It’s a common injury, and doesn’t have to come from sports. It can also come from other repetitive movements. The official name for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis, and it may need treatment. Some mild cases will resolve on their own, but if it doesn’t go away or it gets worse, you’ll want to make sure you see a hand doctor who also works with wrist and elbow injuries. That can help you get the best treatment for your lateral epicondylitis, so you can get back to playing tennis or doing other activities…

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112015Dec

Ganglion Cysts Need Medical Treatment

When you start having problems with your hand it can be very frustrating. People use their hands for so much of life, and pain or issues with mobility can really hamper normal, everyday activities. With that in mind, seeing a hand specialist can help you get back the function you expect. Some hand issues can also make your hands look bad, which can make you self-conscious about their appearance. You don’t have to hide your hands any longer, or struggle with getting them to do what you want. Instead, you can get your ganglion cysts treated or removed, so your hands look and feel their best, and so they function…

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282015Nov

Treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture is Available

There are a number of ailments, conditions, and problems that can occur in the hand and wrist. One of them is Dupuytren’s Contracture, which can be problematic for people who work with their hands a lot. Because it can affect range of motion, it can become difficult to do normal, everyday life tasks that a person took for granted in the past. That’s important to consider, since there are limited treatment options for it and you’ll need to decide whether the treatment that would be required would be the best choice for your particular case of Dupuytren’s Contracture. Your hand doctor can help you make that decision. What Does Dupuytren’s…

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212015Nov

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms Need Evaluation and Treatment

When you start having pain in your hand and wrist, you may find that you don’t think too much about it. There are braces you can try out, to help your symptoms, and you may put heat or ice on it, or simply change what you do for a few days to help it heal. When it doesn’t go away, though, you may have to see a doctor about it, especially if you’re having carpal tunnel symptoms. Carpal tunnel is a repetitive stress disorder, which causes pain when performing tasks such as typing or any other type of repetitive motion. The pain can also occur at other times, and eventually…

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122015Nov

Causes of Lateral Epicondylitis

While you may not have heard about its technical term, “Lateral epicondylitis”, you sure are familiar with the medical condition known as “tennis elbow”, right?  If you’ve experienced it, you know that it is a painful condition of the bony “knob” on the outside of the elbow. It makes things such as making a fist, gripping an object, lifting an object, opening a door, shaking hands, straightening your risk, and even raising your wrist difficult and quite painful. While tennis elbow is similar to golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow involves the outer portion of the elbow, whereby golfer’s elbow affects the inner part of the elbow. Both though, are a result…

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42015Nov

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: A Common Nerve Injury

According to Postgraduate Medical Journal, cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common peripheral nerve compression injury. In fact, it’s believed to be  the second most common peripheral nerve entrapment injury that people experience. It’s not, however, as common as carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, it can be treated, both with conservative treatment and surgery. What Exactly is Cubical Tunnel Syndrome? While it has a unique sounding name, the condition involves stretching, pressure, and compression of the ulnar nerve. You are familiar with the ulnar nerve if you have ever had tingling or numbness in your fingers when you hit your “funny bone”. THe ulnar nerve runs along side the inner part…

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212015Oct

Treatment for Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar joint arthritis is arthritis of the thumb. It’s a fairly common condition, where an estimated one in twelve men will develop the condition and one in four women will, reports the journal Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, though not all individuals are symptomatic.  Individuals over the age of 40, those who are obese, and those who participate in activities that put repetitive stress on the thumb joint are more prone to the condition. Symptoms of Basilar Joint Arthritis Pain, swelling, tenderness, and swelling at the thumb joint are the most common signs of basilar joint arthritis, but some individuals find a decreased range of motion and difficulty pinching or…

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122015Oct

Florida Hand Surgeons Tips on Easing Carpal Tunnel Symptoms

Four to 10 million people in the United States suffer from carpal tunnel symptoms, according to the American College of Rheumatology. If you are one of them, then you know how uncomfortable and frustrating the pain, numbness and weakness in your wrist, hand and fingers can be. Fortunately, there are ways to ease these symptoms and regain use of your hand and wrist. How to Ease Carpal Tunnel Symptoms Talk to your hand doctor, who can help you create a personalized treatment plan that eases symptoms. Hand surgery is not always necessary but only qualified hand surgeons can tell you if a surgical procedure could alleviate the frequent burning, tingling,…

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