102018Jul

Treatment Options for Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion cyst is a common problem that isn’t usually a cause for concern. However, because these cysts can cause uncomfortable symptoms or other problems, many people decide to treat them. What Is a Ganglion Cyst? A ganglion cyst is a small round or oval cyst that usually develops along the joints or tendons in the hands and wrists. Ganglion cysts vary in size considerably, ranging from small pea-sized cysts to cysts that measure more than 2 cm in diameter. Although most ganglion cysts are painless, some can cause discomfort. Some of the symptoms you may experience include pain, tingling, muscle weakness or numbness. Treatment Options If your ganglion cyst…

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52018Jul

How does cubital tunnel syndrome occur?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that can make it difficult for you to use your arm, hand, and fingers properly. This condition usually develops because of a combination of factors. What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve, which runs near the ulnar bone in the inner aspect of your elbow (also known as the ‘funny bone’), becomes stretched or is inflamed. This leads to several uncomfortable symptoms, including weakness in the hand, pain in the elbow and tingling and/or numbness in the small and ring fingers. Causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Some of the risk factors that may lead to the development of…

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152018Jun

How can I ease the pain of tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a common problem, but it can be very painful without the right treatment. Below is some basic information about tendonitis and what you can do to ease the pain at home. What Is Tendonitis? Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when a tendon becomes irritated or inflamed. A tendon is a thick cord that attaches muscles to bone. If you have tendonitis, you may experience tenderness and pain around the affected joint. Your symptoms may worsen when you move the joint. You may also notice some swelling in the area. Tendonitis can affect any tendon, but it is most common in the knee, elbow, and shoulder. It is…

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102018Jun

Can Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Come and Go?

There are a number of conditions that can cause problems with numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers. One of these is cubital tunnel syndrome. While this is not always severe, it can become a problem for people who work with their hands a lot. With cubital tunnel syndrome, the main cause is compression of the nerve that runs near the elbow. The compression can come from a lot of leaning on your elbows, and also from keeping your elbows bent most of the time. Generally, the pinky finger and the one next to it are the areas where this syndrome is most easily noticed. Can Cubital Tunnel Be…

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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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