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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How to Prevent Hand Injuries in Construction

There are a number of risks when someone is a construction worker, and among those risks are hand injuries. This is a risk that a lot of people don’t think about. Instead, they think of falls, equipment issues, damage from tools being misused, and related types of problems. Of course, those are real issues that are important, and that can be serious and dangerous for construction workers, but hand injuries are also a worry that can and should be addressed. Fortunately, there are ways in which the risk of hand injuries can be reduced, so construction workers can be safer and more effective on the job. Adequate Safety Protection is…

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Why is Carpal Tunnel Painful?

If you’re experiencing hand pain as a result of a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome, you are not alone. Up to nearly six percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from the condition, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The main reason that you feel pain from carpal tunnel is due to median nerve (which runs from your palm of your hand to your forearm, being entrapped, compressed, and squeezed. You also have inflammation along with this condition, which leads to swelling. If your irritated tendons are thickened and you also have swelling, the tunnel where your media nerve resides is narrowed. As a result,…

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How to Avoid Wrist Pain in Yoga

Whether or not you have small joint arthritis, you can experience wrist pain from participating in yoga. Pain in your wrist, along with cracking knuckles in your fingers and hands, are common occurrences in this physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. It can develop as a result of: Poor alignment of the shoulder Weight-bearing yoga poses, such as the downward facing dog. Carpal tunnel syndrome Osteoarthritis Small joint arthritis Tendonitis Lack of flexibility Injury Repetitive strain injuries Your choice of location where you perform yoga could also be a contributing factor to your wrist discomfort. For instance, do you have your yoga sessions on a mat placed on carpet? If so,…

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Can Tennis Elbow Cause Numbness?

Tennis elbow, known medically as lateral epicondylitis, occurs when your tendons, which are the strong tissues that connect your bones to your muscles, of your elbow are inflamed. The condition can occur whether or not you play tennis. Any activity that causes you to overuse your muscles in your forearm can cause you to develop the condition due to the small tears and inflammation that develops. Besides playing tennis regularly, manual labor, knitting, raking, typing, cutting, and plumbing are other common activities that can spur the condition, particularly in people in the 30 to 50 age group. There are many others, however, that can lead you to develop the condition….

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When To Call Your Doctor About Hand Pain

The Mayo Clinic may be stating the obvious when it encourages you to seek immediate professional medical help when you notice a significant deformity or protruding bone, but any significant trauma to the hand or wrist is definitely cause for a trip to the doctor if not the emergency room. Outside of obvious traumatic injury, however, deciding when to call your doctor about pain in the far upper extremities can be difficult.  In general, any hand or wrist pain that is acutely pronounced and/or persistent should be reported ASAP to a qualified medical professional. Other tips regarding the acquisition of clinical assistance may depend upon the particular condition that you suffer…

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Can Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Your mother may have warned you about it. Or maybe it was your grandfather. “Don’t crack your knuckles!” they say. “It will give you arthritis!” It may have gotten you to stop engaging in this bad habit as a child, but is it really true? Can cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis? Why Do Knuckles Crack? In order to answer this question with absolute certainty, one must first fully understand exactly what knuckle cracking is. It turns out that this familiar sound is actually caused by the small gas bubbles that form in the fluid that surrounds and cushions your joints (synovial fluid). Clinically known as crepitus, the auditory cracks…

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What Causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, which is technically called lateral epicondylitis, occurs when the tendons and muscles located in your forearm become strained as a result of strenuous or repetitive activities. Tennis Elbow Prevalence Up to 50 percent of people who play tennis get tennis elbow sometime during their careers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Of the population on the whole, about one to three percent of people develop it.  Men develop the condition more often than women. It affects more people in the 30 to 50 age group than other age groups, though any person of any age can develop it. When you have this condition, you experience tenderness and pain on…

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