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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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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Wrist Pain From Golfing

You love to play golf. Getting out there on the green not only challenges yourself, but helps you to relax and share quality time with friends, family members, or colleagues. And, you’ve been lucky because you’ve had the opportunity to spend weekends golfing for many years. The problem is that along with all of these fun golf outings, you’ve begun to experience wrist pain. And for many people, it’s not just a question of “if” you’ll develop pain in your wrist from golfing, but “when”. Why Does Wrist Pain Happen? Sometimes your sore wrist can be the result of an acute golfing injury, such as a strain, sprain, or tear….

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Trigger Finger From Weight Lifting

If enjoy weight lifting as a hobby or part of your fitness routine, you might have experienced a condition known as trigger finger. This condition is caused by repetitive movements and forceful movements of the thumb or fingers — both of which are involved in weight lifting. What is Trigger Finger? This painful condition causes your thumb or fingers to essentially “lock” when bent. It occurs when your flexor tendons, which are tough bands of strong tissue that connect your bones and muscles, become inflamed or thickened. Prolonged use can produce irritation and cause the tendon to swell, become inflamed, and thicker than normal. When this happens, it impedes your…

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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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Hand Pain – Conditions and Cures

While pain can certainly occur after a hand or wrist  injury, there are also many other reasons why your hands might hurt. Treatment strategies can range from conservative therapy aimed at decreasing symptoms and promoting function to surgery. Orthopedic hand specialists are specifically trained in hand pain management. Here’s a bit more about hand pain, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center in  Florida. De Quervain’s Tendinitis This condition causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist; it occurs because of irritation and inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb. Wrist fractures increase the risk of de Quervain’s and repeatedly holding the wrist in certain positions…

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Dupuytren’s Contracture: Why do They Call it “Viking’s Disease?”

Dupuytren’s Contracture: Why do They Call it “Viking’s Disease?” “Viking’s disease” is a cool name for a common medical condition affecting the hand. The medical term for the hand problem is Dupuytren’s contracture. The condition causes one or more fingers to curl forward and remain in a bent position. Dupuytren’s contracture is common, but many people have never heard of this condition affecting the hand. Viking’s disease is a thickening of the fibrous tissue layer that lies just beneath the surface of the skin on the palm side of your hand and fingers. Thickening and tightening of this tissue pulls the fingers forward, causing the fingers to curl in the…

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When You Need Wrist Surgery

Complex and very flexible, the wrist is a fascinating joint that allows you to paint, knit, write, do the dishes, drive a car and perform many other activities. So when your wrist is injured or hurts, daily life can become very difficult, especially if it’s your dominant hand. We specialize in hand and wrist surgery at the Florida Hand Center. Anatomy of a Wrist Although we refer to the wrist as a single joint, you might not realize it’s actually made up of eight different bones. Two of them are the lower arm bones (the radius and the ulna) while the remainder are actually hand bones. Each plays a role…

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Do You Need Wrist Surgery for Your Ganglion Cyst?

The appearance of a ganglion cyst in the wrist nearly always takes a person by surprise.  This benign tumor can grow so large that patients wonder if wrist surgery is their only option for relief. Overview of Ganglion Cysts The first sign of a ganglion cyst is a large bump around a joint or a tendon sheath, most often in a hand, wrist, or foot.  The University of California, San Francisco says the fluid-enclosed bump is the most common type of soft-tissue mass that forms in the hands and the wrists.  The female-to-male occurrence ratio is 3:1. Although researchers have uncovered no specific cause, they know that up to 70…

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