How to Prevent Hand Injuries While Gaming

Hand injuries are a common product of gaming, whether you do it on a console or your smartphone. Learn how to keep your hands safe. Americans are gaming more than ever today, whether on their train ride home or in the comfort of their living room. In fact, two-thirds of the US population self-identifies as “gamers,” up from 58% in 2013.  Gaming’s rising popularity shows no signs of turning around, which makes it likely that the number of gaming-related injuries will similarly grow in the coming years. Luckily, awareness of the dangers posed by gaming — especially those that directly impact your hands — can help you stay safe. Who…

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What Can You Do About Chilblains This Winter?

Could those itchy patches of skin on your hands or feet be chilblains? Learn the signs of chilblains and how to prevent them from interfering with your winter fun. With cold and snow blanketing most of the nation, it’s time to step up your winter skincare routine. Just as summer sunlight leads to harmful sunburns, winter’s cold temperatures causes a skin condition known as chilblains. Occurring most often in cold, humid climates, chilblains appear as small, itchy patches on the fingers and feet. That’s because exposure to cold temperatures pinches the capillaries (small blood vessels) under the skin, resulting in damage to those vessels in some individuals. Once you retreat…

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7 Potential Reasons for Your Hand Numbness

Learn the most common causes of hand numbness to determine whether you should see a doctor. Numbness in your hands or lower arms isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. In general, hand numbness is caused by compression, irritation, or damage to a nerve or a branch of a nerve in your arm and wrist. It can often be a side effect of a medication or a natural response to spending too much time performing a repetitive task such as typing on a keyboard. When your hand numbness is caused by a medical condition, you will typically experience additional symptoms that can help you determine whether it’s time to see a…

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Common Hand Conditions in Musicians

Repetitive motion can give musicians hand and wrist injuries, which may require physical therapy. Athletes aren’t the only professionals who have to contend with injuries — any musician knows the aches and pains of their craft. Unlike athletes, however, musicians are often reluctant to treat injuries. Any musician should know how to recognize the chronic hand and wrist injuries that can result from musicianship, and how to deal with them before they get worse. Making a commitment to music can mean grueling hours in rehearsal, but gritting your teeth through pain can permanently harm the nerves, tendons, and muscles in your hands and wrists. Avoiding treatment for a music-related injury…

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How Do Ganglion Cysts Form?

Though benign, ganglion cysts can be painful and limit your wrist’s mobility. If painful, you might want to consider treatment options. Ganglion cysts are small sacs filled with a jelly-like substance that most often appear on the back of the wrist. Typically, these cysts don’t cause pain and dissolve on their own. However, if the nodule bumps up against a nerve or interferes with the joint’s mobility, you may want to seek treatment. These benign cysts form within the tendon sheath — the connective tissue between muscle and bone — eventually ballooning into a mass that may grow up 2.5 centimeters in diameter. Because ganglion cysts develop from a tendon,…

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Understanding the Difference Between a Wrist Strain and Wrist Sprain

Wrist sprains and strains share many of the same symptoms, but the cause of each is quite different. If you’ve recently taken a tumble and stopped your fall with your hand, your wrist will likely feel sore. But you’re also probably wondering whether the injury is a sprain or a strain. Both injuries share several similar characteristics — pain, swelling, bruising, and limited range of motion in the joint — which makes it difficult to know if the injury is, in fact, a sprain or a strain. Whether you’ve sprained or strained your wrist depends on which part of the wrist was injured. The bones of the wrist joint are…

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