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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112012Jun

The Many Causes and Treatments of Wrist Pain

What Causes Wrist Pain – Quick Overview from the Florida Hand Center Wrist pain is a generalized common complaint and it can be challenging to diagnose the true cause.The Florida Hand Center has a highly-qualified team of medical experts that can help you find the source of the pain so that you can receive specific and successful treatment. The wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones with many small joints to allow you to perform a multitude of fine movements. The most common cause for wrist pain is trauma from falling on your hands, which can cause a sprain or even a fracture. Sport injuries are another cause…

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12012May

Hand specialist doctor Stephen Helgemo presents hand specialists videos, including actual surgical procedures

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Hand specialist Doctor Stephen Helgemo and the Florida Hand Center have created a new tool for patients or those considering hand treatment who want to know more about what they can expect from Florida’s leading carpal tunnel doctor. The Florida Hand Center’s web site (www.FloridaHandCenter.com) now features a video page containing videos that discuss different forms of treatments and show some of the procedures performed by the FHC hand specialists. Videos available on the page show in detail different surgeries performed by hand specialist Doctor Stephen Helgemo, who is  Florida’s leading carpal tunnel doctor by AHCA’s most recent data. Florida Hand Center understands that it can…

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162012Apr

A good hand doctor is key to determining wrist pain causes

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla – Wrist pain causes many people to often to miss work or stop doing the activities they enjoy while visiting hand doctors and searching for the cause and the treatment for what ails them. What is it about wrist pain that causes it to affect so many people? For starters determining the wrist pain causes can be challenging. It is important for the hand doctor find the source of the pain so that treatment can be specific and successful. The wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones, with many small joints that work together to allow for a variety of movements. Thick bands of ligaments stabilize…

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62012Apr

What to look for looking for a hand surgeon or hand surgeons to treat hand pain

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – When hand pain becomes bothersome, it is probably time to consult a hand surgeon. Hand surgeons spend years focusing on problems and conditions that affect the hand, wrist and arm. A fellowship trained hand surgeon is the person most qualified to determine whether hand pain will require surgery, or whether a less invasive treatment will cure the problem. The key to proper treatment often involves finding an experienced  hand surgeon – one that has the background to properly diagnose the problem and the skills to treat it What should a person suffering hand pain look for when selecting a hand surgeon? Here are four factors to…

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32012Apr

Florida Hand Center Team Participates in Local Triathlon

Congratulations to the Florida Hand Center triathletes for competing in the Tri Charlotte Triathlon on Sunday, April 1st!  Participants in the event included several Florida Hand Center staff members, friends and family members, all sporting their Florida Hand Center wet suits designed by our own Dr. Stephen Helgemo. The race started at South Country Regional Park and featured a 400 yard pool-swim, a 16 mile bike ride and a 5K run and our triathletes have been in training for months in anticipation of the big event.  In fact, most were first time participants in a triathlon. Florida Hand Center staff members Kim Parker, Katrina Miller and Sarah Yagelski all received medals…

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192012Mar

Symptoms indicate whether a sufferer needs a hand doctor or hand specialist

When hands start hurting, it’s common to wonder whether it’s time to seek out a hand doctor or hand specialist. But how can one tell the difference between a normal, everyday, hand problem and one that may require the attention of a hand doctor and specialist? Well, there are some signs that every hand specialist will look for. Symptoms that include persistent pain, numbness, weakness, stiffness, or mobility problems are sure signs that something may be wrong. Some of these symptoms result from an instant injury, like a break or sprain. Others seem to come on over time, and can affect joints, tendons, nerves, or skin. While many  doctors can…

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162012Mar

Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Olarte!

Dr. Ivan Olarte, our new physician at Florida Hand Center, took The American Board of Surgery General Surgery Certification exam this past week. We want to extend a warm and sincere congratulations to him on a job well done in passing his examination to officially become a Board Certified General Surgeon! Dr. Olarte has been a welcomed addition to our staff at Florida Hand Center and has received rave reviews from current and new patients alike for his top-notch treatment of hand and arm conditions and friendly disposition. Dr. Olarte brings to Florida Hand Center a background in General Surgery coupled with hand fellowship training, and is bilingual speaking both English and Spanish fluently. To learn…

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282012Feb

Dr. Helgemo to Present at Charlotte Regional’s Mini Med School

Are you suffering from a common hand or arm problem and need answers about treatment options?  Hear Dr. Stephen Helgemo of Florida Hand Center speak at Charlotte Regional Medical Center’s Mini Med School next week on Wednesday March 7th at 2:15pm. Dr. Helgemo will discuss the most common conditions in the hand and arm area as well as review minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment options available at Florida Hand Center. More information about the event can be found here:https://www.charlotteregional.com/News/NewsDetail.aspx?a=5624&ReturnUrl=%2FNews%2Fdefault.aspx. Florida Hand Center is a specialized medical facility focused on minimally invasive hand and arm treatments. Founded by Dr. Stephen Helgemo,Florida’s leading carpal tunnel doctor, the facility offers both surgical and…

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