242012Jul

Testimonials Make a Difference

The decision whether or not a potential patient seeks treatment for symptoms that are causing them pain or discomfort can be skewed by fear or pride. Many people believe that the pain they are experiencing is minimal and not a big deal, while others simply do not for treatment based on fear of additional discomfort. The Florida Hand Center offers video testimonials and commentary from past patients that are valuable tools for those in the throughs of making the decision to seek treatment or not. Find solace with stories of first hand experience of patients who have already taken the journey to recovery. Discover through the stories of past patients…

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62012Jul

Trigger Finger

If you find yourself experiencing clicking, stiffness or pain in your fingers (or any combination of these) you might be dealing with a condition called trigger finger. These specific symptoms are all common with the trigger finger condition. Diagnosis can easily be made by your physician or the physicians at Florida Hand Center. Caused by the thickening of the tendon in your palm, Florida Hand Center can alleviate this discomfort with a non-surgical treatment in their office such as a cortisone injection. Florida Hand Center has a 79% success rate with this treatment for trigger finger.  If the symptoms are not alleviated then an in-office procedure is recommended where a small…

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282012Jun

Basilar Joint Arthritis and Changes in the Weather

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Do you ever think you can “feel” weather changes in your body? People who suffer suffer from arthritis often say they can tell when it is going to rain based on their joints. Basilar joint arthritis affects the thumbs and can cause weakness, pain, and limited flexibility sometimes triggered by the change of weather. The initial symptom of basilar joint arthritis is an ache in the wrist or thumb especially when there are activities such as gripping, pinching, or twisting. Basilar joint arthritis is caused by the thinning of the cartilage between your thumb and wrist. The joint then becomes inflamed leading to pain and swelling….

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272012Jun

A Worthy Cause; Teens Living with Cancer (TLC)

Dr. Helgemo recently stumbled upon information about Duel in the Pool – Eggers vs. Armstrong, which you may have heard about in the news. Hawaii Ironman Triathlete, Mary Eggers, challenged Lance Armstrong to a charitable swimming competition with proceeds benefiting Teens Living with Cancer and Livestrong. The event raised over $50,000, and Dr. Helgemo was happy to contribute to the worthy cause on behalf of Florida Hand Center. We wanted to take a moment share the information with visitors to our website in case, they too, would like to contribute. You can find more information about the event here or learn more about future fundraising opportunities for Teens Living with…

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112012Jun

Information at your Fingertips

Keep in Touch with Florida Hand Center with Ease PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Looking for an easy way to stay in touch or schedule an appointment with a doctor you have previously consulted with?  Florida Hand Center’s Patient Center includes an online patient portal that offers conveniences to save you time and energy. Our patient portal offers online appointment scheduling, online bill pay, and features to send questions directly to a biller or nurse. Registration paperwork is also available online allowing you to reduce waiting time at our facility. The Patient Center is a tool to help you get the information that you may need. This is simply one more way…

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112012Jun

Florida Hand Center’s Online Diagnosis Center

Florida Hand Center’s Online Diagnosis Center is Available as an Educational Tool PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – When hands begin to suddenly hurt during common tasks it can be quite confusing. Have you hurt yourself unknowingly or are you beginning to see symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or some other condition? Ease your mind with the Diagnosis Center by learning what may be causing your symptoms. Answer some questions about yourself and see the possible reasons for your discomfort. Common questions include whether you are unable to straighten your fingers or whether or not it hurts your wrist to pick up or lift heavy objects. Once you have identified the diagnosis contact…

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112012Jun

Diagnosis – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Symptoms and Treatment Options PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Most people have heard of the commonly diagnosed hand condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but do you know what it really is? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a malady that is caused from pressure on a nerve. Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, and middle finger.  Pain and aching are also common symptoms of the conditions.  Symptoms are generally more severe at night and can occasionally include your forearm and other fingers.  So what can you do to alleviate the pain and discomfort? Florida Hand Center offers non-surgical treatments as well as an outpatient endoscopic surgery…

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112012Jun

Free Hand Screenings and Seminars

Free Hand Screenings from Florida Hand Center Educates about Conditions and Treatment Options PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Florida Hand Center is proud to offer free hand screenings in both Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, Florida as well as other areas throughout the year. These hand screenings and seminars are available to the public and offer a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Helgemo or Dr. Olarte. The event includes a short seminar to educate the public on the minimally invasive hand procedures available for treatment at the Florida Hand Center followed by a brief initial determination of the preliminary diagnosis. Space is limited so reserve your seat early and learn how to…

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112012Jun

Videos of Treatment Offer Education and Comfort

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – Surgical treatments, no matter how simple or complicated, can be very nerve wracking for patients. We understand that at Florida Hand Center and suggest that our patients become more educated and familiar with scheduled procedures as well as possible future procedures. Florida Hand Center offers a multitude of resources to put your mind at ease and help you learn what to expect when receiving treatment at our facility. We offer videos of many of our actual procedures as well as testimonials of past patients who have received the same treatment. By learning more about the surgical option that you have chosen for your treatment, we hope that you will find…

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