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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What Are Most Common Hand Injuries?

Did you know that hand injuries represent up to 10 percent of emergency department visits people make in the U.S.? That’s largely because no matter your age or your occupation, you’re always using your hand. It also because your hands are so intricate and complex in design and feature, that they are prone to injuries, both from overuse and from an acute event. After all, the hand is comprised of 27 bones, as well as other associated structures, including ligaments, tendons, muscles, veins, arteries, and nerves. It’s no wonder that hand injuries are so common. Hand, wrist, or finger injuries most commonly happen during: Participating in recreational activities. Playing contact…

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What Does Arthritis In Your Hands Feel Like?

The Arthritis Foundation reports that as many as one in five people over 18 years of age suffer from arthritis in at least one of their joints. Whether due to joint inflammation or wearing down of your cartilage over time, arthritis evolves when your cartilage that normally provides shock absorption and cushioning is unable to function as it’s supposed to. When you develop arthritis in your hands, it can cause a number of symptoms including: Painful hands. Pain in your hands is often the first sign of arthritis. The pain you experience can be either a burning sensation or a dull, achy feeling. This pain may make it difficult for…

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Lawn Mower Safety Rules for Healthy Hands and Feet

Every year, over 74,000 people are hurt or killed by lawn mower accidents. Nearly 22% of these injuries involve the hand, finger, or wrist. In some cases, the hand must be amputated. By understanding how injuries occur and following safety tips recommended by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, you and your family can reduce your risk of injury, no matter what type of mower you use. Common Causes of Injury Accidents are more likely to happen when: * The grass or ground is damp. Wet grass will clog the blade more easily. * The mower is pulled backwards. * A passenger is on a riding mower or…

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Hand Injury First Aid Tips from a Hand Doctor

Disclaimer: Any injury to the hand or wrist should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. This includes cuts, burns, blunt force trauma, and any other type of injury. The human hand contains 29 bones, 29 joints, 34 muscles, 123 ligaments, 48 nerves, and 30 arteries—plus all the arteries and ligaments that are too little to be named. You use every single one of these components every day. With so many moving parts, it’s not surprising that hand injuries can be serious. When you have an injured hand or wrist, avoid self-diagnosis; only a hand doctor can accurately determine if it’s a sprain, strain, broken bone, or…

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Choosing a hand doctor: the critical credential

Your hands are one of your body’s most useful tools, and sometimes they need a doctor of their own. Hand doctors and hand surgeons specialize in knowing exactly how the complex workings of bone, muscle and joints combine to power the hands. If you are experiencing symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome or continual pain, numbness or clumsiness in the hands, it is likely time to consult a hand doctor. But how do you know which hand doctor you can trust? Certifications First and foremost, check a doctor’s certification. Hand doctors and hand surgeons should be board-certified through the Boards of Surgery or Orthopedic Surgery, both of which are recognized by…

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Great Staff and Great Doctors

At the Florida Hand Center we are dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy. Along with our free screening events and with our new select dates with longer hours there is no reason why you should not be receiving the care you need. Dr. Helgemo is a Board Certified Hand and Arm Surgeon and a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Olarte is a Board Certified General Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Hand and Microsurgery. Our amazing doctors have an enormous amount of experience and training to help you with any hand or arm ailments you may be experiencing. So whether you are suffering from a household accident that has left…

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Holiday Hand Safety

As the temperature turns cooler and we get closer to the holiday season it is important to remember the need for hand safety.  Thanksgiving is this month–the holiday of family, turkey, and football. Keep safe this holiday by remembering a few tips that will guarantee that you make it through without a hitch. Each year people sustain hand injuries while preparing the feast. Accidents occur very easily when carving so remember never to cut toward yourself, keep your work area well-lit and dry, and use kitchen shears when things get too tough. Also it is important to know when or if you should visit your local hospital. If after applying…

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2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

The staff at the Florida Hand Center is getting ready to lace up their sneakers to participate in the 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis! Taking place in Punta Gorda at Laishley Park on November 30th, this kickoff to the holiday season is a great event which brings attention to a cause close to our hearts. The nation’s #1 cause of disability will have runners and walkers hitting the pavement to raise money to tackle arthritis and to show their support of one another. Filled with high energy fun and good cheer, this event will not only feature good exercise, but also a visit from Santa himself. Bring the family for…

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