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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When Does Carpal Tunnel Become Serious?

With the use of computer keyboards and popular handheld devices, increasing numbers of patients are experiencing hand pain, wrist pain, or both.  This pain is often due to carpal tunnel syndrome or other disorders such as basilar joint arthritis.  Understanding how this syndrome develops helps patients recognize when it has become serious and when to seek treatment. How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop? Up to 6 percent of the U.S. population suffers from this disorder, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  In addition to repetitive hand use, other risk factors include genetics, positioning of the hand and the wrist, being pregnant, or suffering from a variety of health problems such…

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Will Tennis Elbow Ever Go Away?

Tennis elbow – or lateral epicondylitis, to use the medical term for this problem – can be a frustrating condition. It results from overuse in tennis as well as other sports and work activities. Doctors use both conservative therapy and surgical approaches to treat tennis elbow. Recovery often takes weeks or months. Here’s what you need to know about tennis elbow treatment, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. Elbow Anatomy The elbow joint is the point in the arm where the humerus or upper arm bone joins the forearm bones called the radius and ulna. The joint is held together by muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which allow it to move…

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Preventing Hand Injuries in Boxing

Boxing as Sport and Exercise As both sport and an exercise, boxing has come a long way. Professionals have continued to push the boundaries of what the human body can do, rocketing to unprecedented superstardom. The rising popularity of this ancient sport has made more and more people want to try it. Today, men and women of all ages and backgrounds are actively practicing boxing or engaging in boxing-related forms of exercise. However, when “ trying their hand” in the boxing ring, people really must realize just how trying this sport can be ON their hands. If you are experiencing issues with your hands as a result of your boxing…

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