52018Jun

What foods make arthritis worse?

There’s no sure-fire diet that can cure your arthritis and the joint and hand pain that can come with it. But limiting some foods in your diet may help reduce inflammation and pain. If you take steps to understand what foods to steer clear of when you have arthritis, you may be able to find some relief to your arthritis inflammation and pain. To help protect your joints against inflammatory flare-ups and pain, avoid these arthritis-triggering types of foods. Protect your joints against pain and inflammation by avoiding these arthritis trigger foods: Refined Carbs and Sugars High amounts of refined carbohydrates and sugars can set you up for increased inflammation….

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232018May

Are ganglion cysts contagious?

Ganglion cysts are fluid filled, soft masses that appear near or on the joints such as the wrist, hand, shoulder, and foot. They are most commonly found on the hand and wrist and tend to affect women between the ages of 30 and 40. The exact cause is not known, but it seems that often trauma or injury to the area is a factor in their development. They can range in size from very small (pea-like) to rather large (the size of a golf ball). They are typically painless but can cause pain if they press on a nerve due to size or position. How do you get ganglion cysts?…

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172018May

Common places Arthritis can occur

Many of the aches and pains associated with aging are arthritic symptoms. This condition strikes the joints in the body, many of which are in the hand. Understanding more about it is helpful in getting the most appropriate treatment. A free hand screening from a hand surgeon can reveal whether the condition is present and the extent of any damage it has created. Disease Overview There are several forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis (most common), rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Patients with arthritic symptoms might suffer from one or more of these conditions. All represent an inflammation of one or multiple joints, according to the Mayo Clinic. Depending on which type…

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112018May

Does tendonitis heal itself?

Tendons connect muscle to bone, and that can put them at risk of becoming inflamed and even tearing. While the tissue itself is fibrous and very tough, overuse, overextension, and trauma can result in pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. Tendonitis, or overuse tendinopathy, is a broad term used to describe an inflammation of the tendon that can range from very minor to debilitating. Sometimes, on the milder end of the scale, tendonitis can heal on it own. However, more severe cases may require surgery. The degree of inflammation and injury must be determined by a doctor who will assess this with a thorough clinical examination and discussion of symptoms. In…

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52018May

How dangerous can cubital tunnel syndrome be?

Many patients with cubital tunnel syndrome mistakenly think its symptoms are the result of sleeping on their arm or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Seemingly minor signs that something is amiss with one or more fingers can turn into a more serious problem over time without appropriate treatment. Overview of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Physicians also refer to this condition as an ulnar nerve entrapment. It is a compression of the ulnar nerve that occurs in the region of the elbow, resulting in irritation of the ulnar nerve. Starting at the elbow, the ulnar nerve runs through tissue, called the cubital tunnel, under a bone bump at the interior part of the…

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182018Apr

Where do ganglion cysts commonly form?

Many people have heard of ganglion cysts but know little about them. The sudden appearance of one of these growths can cause a major worry. Understanding where this type of cyst commonly forms, basic facts about it, and treatment options available relieves many patient concerns. Ganglion Cyst Overview Most patients are surprised to learn that the growth called a ganglion cyst is actually a tumor. The good news is that 95 percent of these lumps are benign, according to Medscape. A ganglion is the most common lump or mass found in a hand. Generally harmless, each is filled with fluid and can disappear, appear, and change size very quickly. Although…

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112018Apr

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Vs Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Ulnar nerve entrapment and cubital tunnel syndrome are used interchangeably to describe the cause of pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in the hands or arms, reports WebMD, resulting from pressure or damage to the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Although they seem to describe different issues, both terms describe the same cause of pain. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Also Known as Ulnar Nerve Entrapment, Occurs at the Elbow. The ulnar nerve passes through the elbow and is particularly susceptible to injury. When an injury or damage occurs to the joint, the nerve is incapable of functioning properly, resulting in a diagnosis of ulnar nerve entrapment. However, chronic, long-term use of…

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52018Apr

Can Arthritis Come On Suddenly?

The Florida Hand Center Doctors Offer Effective Solutions for Arthritic Joint Pain According to Arthritis.org, over 53 million adults in America are living with arthritis, and the fingers, hands, and wrists are among the most frequently afflicted joints. Our doctors work with many individuals from the Port Charlotte and Fort Myers area treating arthritic pain and other symptoms, including joint swelling and joint stiffness. For some of these patients, their debilitating symptoms seem to come out of nowhere…but is this possible? Can arthritis develop so quickly? Onset Variations of Arthritis: Our Doctors Explain Common knowledge tends to tell us arthritis is a “wear and tear” process which gradually worsens over…

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212018Mar

Is cubital tunnel syndrome permanent?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that affects the elbow, making it difficult to perform normal movements without discomfort. Fortunately, cubital tunnel syndrome does not have to be permanent.  What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when your ulnar nerve, which runs through your elbow, is compressed. When this nerve is compressed suddenly, you may experience an "electrical shock" a sensation that goes down the arm and into the fingers. However, if the compression is chronic, or if the nerve is damaged by an injury, you may experience numbness and/or be tingling in your ring finger and your pinky.  Is It Permanent? Cubital…

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152018Mar

How long does it take to recover from tendonitis?

Tendons are the tough connective tissue that attaches the muscle to the bone. When these bands of tissue become inflamed, it is called tendonitis. It is typically an overuse injury. The tendon is strained repeatedly until it develops tiny tears. Symptoms may include swelling and hand pain or pain in the affected area. The affected area may also feel warm to the touch. Most commonly affected areas include the knee, shoulder, shin, wrist, and heel. In most cases, the condition will resolve without any medical intervention. However, its symptoms do mimic other, more serious conditions such as infection and arthritis. If symptoms do not improve or get worse, it should…

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