How Fast Do Ganglion Cysts Grow?

Fear and uncertainty come to mind when a lump appears on your hands or wrist, but it may simply be a ganglion. Before taking advantage of a free hand screening, take a moment to consider why ganglion cysts are the most common growth to affect the hands and wrists and how its growth rate may differ to each person. How Quickly Do Ganglion Cysts Become Noticeable? Individuals putting extreme, repeated pressure on the wrists and joints on the hand are more likely to develop a ganglion. For instance, gymnasts may be more likely to develop a cyst more than their peers. The ganglion results when fluid from a joint becomes…

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Can Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Be Cured?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a painful condition affecting the ulnar nerve, which runs through the elbow. In most cases, cubital tunnel can be cured with the right treatment plan.  What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve becomes compressed. The most common cause of cubital tunnel syndrome is long-term damage to the ulnar nerve.  For example, if you rest on your elbows often, you may be putting too much strain on this nerve. This condition may also occur when the tissues surrounding this nerve become less flexible or put pressure on the nerve because of an injury to the area.  If you have cubital tunnel syndrome,…

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What is Hand Tendonitis?

Hand tendonitis is a common problem that leads to hand pain and a loss of function. Below is some information about this condition to help you understand how it develops and what you can do to treat it.  How Does Hand Tendonitis Occur? A tendon is a strip of strong, fibrous collagen tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendonitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, leading to uncomfortable symptoms. In the hand, tendonitis is most likely to develop in the wrist or fingers. If you have tendonitis in your wrist, you may experience: Wrist pain Swelling Pain that worsens when you turn your wrist or attempt to grip…

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Can Arthritis Be Prevented?

Arthritis is a common condition that affects both men and women. In most cases, this condition gets worse over time, leading to increasing amounts of pain and disability. Because arthritis is such a difficult condition to manage, many people wonder whether it is possible to prevent it from developing. Below is some basic information to help you understand arthritis and reduce your risks.  What Is Arthritis? Arthritis occurs when inflammation develops in one or more joints. Two main types of arthritis exist: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops because of wear and tear on your joints over time. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune condition that occurs…

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Why Does Trigger Finger Happen?

If you ever have had your finger or thumb get “stuck” in a bent position and then straighten back into place with a “snap”, then you have experienced a trigger finger. Known medically as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger fingers causing soreness (and even hand pain) at the base of the affected digit. What Causes a Trigger Finger? A trigger finger occurs when tendons in your thumb or finger become inflamed.  The inflammation may occur from localized swelling or scarring of the sheath encompassing the tendon around the flexor tendon. The flexor tendons are responsible for pulling the affected finger or thumb inward towards your palm. Your tendons are tough tissue bands…

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Can Tendinitis Cause Hand Pain?

Tendonitis may affect any of the tendons, and it is most common around the knees, heels, elbows, shoulders, and wrists, explains the Mayo Clinic. Occurring from overuse of the joints, the tendons become inflamed, and without treatment, stiffness, numbness, and pain may develop. Due to the complexity of fine and gross motor movements in the hands and wrist, it is important to understand how inflammation of the tendons leads to hand and wrist pain. Tendonitis in the Wrist Causes Hand Pain. Inflammation of the extensor tendon may occur in the hands from excessive use of the tendons in a short amount of time or from other activities requiring repetitive wrist…

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How is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Caused

The condition cubital tunnel syndrome or ulnar neuropathy involves stretching or pressure of your ulnar nerve or perhaps what you’ve always been calling — your funny bone nerve. On the inside of your elbow, you may experience an aching pain. However, most symptoms you’ll experience will typically be in your hand like tingling or numbness in your small and ring fingers or/and weakness in your hand possibly causing you to seek hand treatment. Your ulnar nerve is one of your three primary nerves inside your arm. It travels down in your hand from your neck and along the way, could constrict in a few places like at your wrist or…

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Can Arthritis Cause Swelling?

If you have arthritis, you’re probably all too familiar with the joint pain and stiffness that goes along with the condition. But you also may experience swelling. What Causes Swelling in Arthritis? There are two main reasons for you to develop swelling with arthritis. You have to swell in the lining of your synovium joint. You have increased synovial fluid volume. With arthritis comes inflammation. When inflammatory cells, which are mostly white cells, and blood flow into the joint, small peptide proteins release in the soft tissues surrounding the joint. This blood flow increase causes you joint to feel warm and also swell. All of the inflammatory particles collect around…

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How is Trigger Finger Treated?

Many people familiar with tendinitis in the shoulder or the elbow are surprised that it is the source of a condition called trigger finger.  The first step toward relief from hand pain and other symptoms linked to this disorder is a free hand screening. Condition Overview Patients with this condition have trouble straightening or bending a thumb or a finger.  With this disorder, officially called stenosing tenosynovitis, the digit gets stuck in a bent position, according to the Mayo Clinic.  An effort to straighten or bend a finger can cause a snap that resembles pulling a trigger, then releasing it.  Fingers and thumbs of both hands might be affected.  The…

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How To Relieve Wrist Pain From Typing

Wrist pain can have a variety of causes. In many cases, it is the result of overuse or repetitive strain injury. Eventually, you may develop small joint arthritis. While preventing such problems is always better than trying to treat them once they occur, both conservative therapy and surgery are available if necessary. Here is some information on wrist pain from typing and other causes, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. Hand and Wrist Anatomy Your marvelously flexible and strong hands get that way because they are composed of multiple small bones and joints. Connected and supported by muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the hands and wrists must work together. All of…

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