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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Conditions That Are Treatable through Wrist Surgery

Don’t Live with Ongoing Wrist Pain People who suffer from chronic and acute wrist pain are willing to go to great lengths to find some relief. But after months or even years of wearing braces, applying cold/heat, stretching, resting, and popping an array of both over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, many people simply can’t control the pain without surgical intervention. If this sounds like you, you may have one of many conditions that can be treated by a skilled and knowledgeable wrist surgeon.  Although patients are discouraged from engaging in self-diagnosis, it may be helpful and/or comforting to walk into your first doctor’s appointment with a general understanding of the most…

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The Causes of Hand Pain

Because the causes of hand pain are extremely diverse, individuals are encouraged to contact a skilled knowledgeable hand doctor shortly after discomfort arises. The complexity of the human hand makes the self-diagnosis of hand ailments among patients difficult if not impossible. Hand pain can arise as a result of a wide variety of disorders and injuries that affect the structures of the hand. These structures include, but are not limited to, bones, muscles, blood vessels, joints, tendons, and general connective tissues. General causes of hand pain range from the exceedingly common (joint inflammation and arthritis) to the exceedingly rare (tumors within the internal structures of the hand). Patients tend to…

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Advice from a Hand Doctor on Ganglion Cysts

Although the large bump might be painless, it’s hard not to notice a ganglion cyst.  Many patients are surprised to learn that ganglion cysts are actually tumors.  When these unattractive lumps appear, people sometimes wonder exactly what to do about them.  Although the growths often disappear on their own, some require treatment by a hand doctor. Important Facts About Ganglion Cysts A ganglion cyst most frequently appears on the back side of the wrist, according to Medscape.  Fortunately, about 95 percent of hand tumors are benign.  Of these, approximately 60 percent are ganglion cysts. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes that these fluid-filled cysts are the most common lump…

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The Basics of DeQuervain’s Tendonitis

DeQuervain’s Tendonitis Defined A painful condition that affects tendons on the thumb-side of the wrist,  DeQuervain’s tendonitis restricts patents’ ability to turn their wrist, grasp objects in their hands, and/or make a fist. What Causes DeQuervain’s Tendonitis? Scientists still have much to learn about the precise cause of DeQuervain’s tendonitis, but the pain and swelling associated with the disorder are a result of localized inflammation of tendons and/or tendon sheaths in the wrist and thumb area. This inflammation is triggered and aggravated by repetitive hand or wrist movements such as those associated with general office work, housekeeping, and child-rearing duties. Hobbies and sports (gardening, needlepoint, carpentry, and playing golf or racquet…

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What Hand Surgeons want You to Know about the Wide Awake Approach

The wide awake approach is used by hand surgeons for up to 95 percent of all surgeries on the hand for many conditions including trigger finger and damaged flexor tendon. During the procedure, the patient is fully awake and all that is used is a local anesthetic. What the patient experiences is much like getting a filling at the dentist. It is easier and safer because the patient is unsedated. It also means that there are no pre-op tests that are required. When the surgery is over the patient can get up and go home. While wide awake hand surgery is far less complicated than surgery where the patient is…

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How Hand Surgeons Treat Arthritis of the Hand

Although no treatment can reverse or even slow arthritis of the hand, a number of treatments provide relief from pain.  Understanding the options hand surgeons are able to offer helps reduce the stress associated with this frustrating condition. Overview of Arthritis of the Hand Both the hand and the wrist contain small joints that allow individuals to perform intricate motions such as needlework.  According to the Cleveland Clinic, the term arthritis applies to 300 inflammatory conditions of the joints.  A hand specialist defines arthritis of the hand as inflammation of at least one joint in the hand. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons cites two major causes of hand arthritis: …

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Choosing a Hand Surgeon

Rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injuries, fractures and contractures – any of these conditions may necessitate a visit to a hand surgeon. One question many people have is how to choose a hand surgeon. Here’s some information that may help, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. What’s a Hand Surgeon? In your search for the right doctor, you may hear the terms hand surgeon, hand doctor or hand specialist. All of these mean the same thing: a physician who has completed additional training in surgery and medical management of the hand and wrist. Hand surgeons may be orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons or plastic surgeons. Initially trained as either doctors…

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