182017Jul

Conditions That Are Treatable through Wrist Surgery

Don’t Live with Ongoing Wrist Pain People who suffer from chronic and acute wrist pain are willing to go to great lengths to find some relief. But after months or even years of wearing braces, applying cold/heat, stretching, resting, and popping an array of both over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, many people simply can’t control the pain without surgical intervention. If this sounds like you, you may have one of many conditions that can be treated by a skilled and knowledgeable wrist surgeon.  Although patients are discouraged from engaging in self-diagnosis, it may be helpful and/or comforting to walk into your first doctor’s appointment with a general understanding of the most…

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312017May

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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202017Apr

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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62017Mar

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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202017Feb

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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42017Jan

How Hand Surgeons Treat Arthritis of the Hand

Although no treatment can reverse or even slow arthritis of the hand, a number of treatments provide relief from pain.  Understanding the options hand surgeons are able to offer helps reduce the stress associated with this frustrating condition. Overview of Arthritis of the Hand Both the hand and the wrist contain small joints that allow individuals to perform intricate motions such as needlework.  According to the Cleveland Clinic, the term arthritis applies to 300 inflammatory conditions of the joints.  A hand specialist defines arthritis of the hand as inflammation of at least one joint in the hand. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons cites two major causes of hand arthritis: …

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232016Nov

Choosing a Hand Surgeon

Rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injuries, fractures and contractures – any of these conditions may necessitate a visit to a hand surgeon. One question many people have is how to choose a hand surgeon. Here’s some information that may help, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. What’s a Hand Surgeon? In your search for the right doctor, you may hear the terms hand surgeon, hand doctor or hand specialist. All of these mean the same thing: a physician who has completed additional training in surgery and medical management of the hand and wrist. Hand surgeons may be orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons or plastic surgeons. Initially trained as either doctors…

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242016Oct

What Exactly is a Ganglion Cyst?

Ganglion cysts appear as lumps in a patient’s finger, wrist, or hand.  Fortunately, they are not cancerous.  A hand doctor can offer several types of treatment when benign these tumors become bothersome. Overview of Ganglion Cysts These lumps most often grow near the joints or tendons of a hand or a wrist.  The Mayo Clinic indicates that they also sometimes appear in the feet and in the ankles.  Each cyst usually has a round or an oval shape and contains a fluid that resembles jelly. Ganglion cysts range from a diameter the size of a pea to one of nearly an inch.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,…

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272016Sep

Copper Gloves or Hand Surgery for Carpal Tunnel: Fact Versus Fiction.

Over the past few years, several companies have developed sets of gloves embedded with copper beads or wiring that claim to reduce pain and inflammation in the hands. While some may argue these copper-laden wearables provide pain relief, others, including hand surgeons, tend to see them as nothing more than a placebo. Before purchasing these products, you need to know the two truths behind them.  1. Studies Have Been Minimal and Limited. Very few studies have actually reviewed if copper wearables help improve circulation, pain, inflammation or carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, the wearables’ manufacturers, asserts Consumer Reports, have been subject to fines upward of $86.6 million for making similar…

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42016Aug

Hand Surgeons on Tenosynovitis

Tenosynovitis refers to the inflammation of the synovium, which is the protective covering over the tendons between joints. When inflamed, the synovium stops producing a fluid that lubricates the tendon. Tenosynovitis may cause severe pain, limited movement in your hands and the development of additional problems with your hands. While you may not feel a visit to the hand surgeon is necessary, you need to know a few things about how dangerous tenosynovitis can become. What Causes Tenosynovitis? Tenosynovitis is routinely caused by repetitive hand and finger motions. This is similar to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, tenosynovitis may be caused by other factors, reports Healthline, which include the…

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