272019Jun

If Gout Is On Its Way Back, What Does That Mean for Your Wrists?

A form of arthritis, gout affects some 8.3 million people, or 4%, of the U.S. population, according to a 2011 study. That percentage represents an increase over the past two decades, which begs the question: why are incidences of gout increasing? While diet appears to be the primary factor, other circumstances — chiefly, genetics — may be a significant influence as well.  During a gout attack, joints suddenly swell, become painful, and feel warm. Although gout mainly strikes toes, ankles, and knees, gout can cause those same symptoms in wrists and fingers as well. Men have higher rates of gout than women. If you suffer from pain and swelling in…

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132019Jun

If Your Hands Are Numb, This Might Be Why

Numbness in the hand and fingers can be quite debilitating, especially if you work with your hands. Simple tasks such as typing at a computer, turning a doorknob, or pulling out a credit card become difficult and painful. So, naturally, many patients who are dealing with these types of symptoms want to find out what the cause is. The truth is, a variety of disorders may be the source of the numbness and tingly sensations in your hand, and determining the exact cause will likely require the intervention of a specialist. That said, you can expect your hand numbness to stem from one of these medical conditions. What’s Causing Your…

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232019May

Is Your Desk Job Causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is common among adults in the United States – but computer use may not actually increase the risk of this type of wrist pain. Here’s what to know about CTS causes and treatment. It’s a common belief that typing can cause carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but researchers have discovered that the link between CTS and keyboard use could be a myth. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects between 4 and 10 million Americans, or 3 to 6 percent of all adults in the US, most commonly between the ages of 45 and 64. Though the condition is both common and treatable, there are many misconceptions surrounding the causes of CTS. What…

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152019May

What Does Trigger Finger Surgery Entail?

Trigger finger is a common medical condition that can be treated with a low-risk surgical procedure. “Trigger finger” is the common phrase for the medical condition known as “stenosing tenosynovitis.” Trigger finger causes patients to experience a locking or clicking feeling as the finger bends and straightens. Medical conditions and biological factors have been linked to the prevalence of trigger finger, but it can be difficult to predict what activities exacerbate trigger finger. Luckily, there are multiple treatment and surgery options that can alleviate symptoms. What is trigger finger? Trigger finger is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, or a locking sensation when you bend and straighten your finger. This…

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232019Apr

What to Expect after Wrist Tendonitis Surgery

If the thumb side of your hand aches, it may be due to wrist tendonitis. Fortunately, a simple surgical procedure can reverse the condition. Wrist tendonitis — which is also known as De Quervain’s tendonitis — sets in when the tendons and tendon sheath running along the thumb side of the hand become painful and tender, usually due to overuse. The condition is characterized by increased discomfort when gripping an object, turning the wrist, or closing the hand into a fist. The wrist contains two primary tendons on the thumb side, which are encased in a soft tissue called “synovium.” In a healthy wrist, synovium allows the tendons to move…

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152019Apr

Common Causes of Wrist Pain

If your wrist is aching, it’s probably due to one of these five causes. Wrist pain can range from mild discomfort that recedes in a few days with rest and ice therapy, to a persistent ache that keeps you awake at night. In its more severe forms, you may feel a tingling sensation along the thumb and the wrist, and even experience a loss of mobility; you may even struggle to pick up the lightest of objects. If your wrist pain continues for several days without any relief, it’s time to see a doctor. After a physical exam, your doctor may perform imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI,…

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252019Mar

Can Cubital Tunnel be Cured Without Surgery?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is the name given to a collection of symptoms generated by pressure on or inflammation of the ulnar nerve. Often quite painful, it results from injury or overuse. While surgery may be recommended for cubital tunnel syndrome, conservative hand treatment is often successful in cases of mild to moderate symptoms. Here’s some information on cubital syndrome, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center, with locations in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Basics The ulnar nerve begins in the side of the neck. It runs down the arm, passing through a “tunnel” of muscle, bone and ligaments on the inside of the elbow – the area…

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182019Mar

What Are The Possible Causes of Wrist Pain?

Wrist Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Port Charlotte & Fort Myers FL Wrist pain affects a variety of people—from young competitive athletes to working professionals in the prime of their career. If you’ve been dealing with acute or chronic wrist pain yourself, you’re likely curious about what’s causing it and—more importantly—how it can be resolved. At the Florida Hand Center, we offer a range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to help  Top Causes of Wrist Pain Wrist pain—which often is associated with additional symptoms like hand numbness and tingling, weakened grip strength, and forearm pain—can negatively impact virtually all aspects of your daily life. What’s causing yours? The following are a…

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42019Mar

How Do You Heal Tendonitis Fast?

Tendonitis is a painful condition that can attack any of the numerous tendons in the body. Also known as overuse tendonopathy, it can result in complications if not properly treated. Hand pain and wrist pain may be signs of tendonitis – here are the basics about this condition and hand treatment, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center, with locations in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. Tendonitis Basics Tendonitis is most commonly a repetitive motion injury, although it occasionally results from an acute injury such as a fall. In the hand, it often results from activities such as keyboarding or using a tool that requires you to grip. Sports such as…

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202019Feb

10 Stretches to Help Your Wrists and Hands

Sudden injuries or repetitive actions of the fingers or wrists may lead to the onset of wrist pain, which may require a hand screening. Hand and wrist stretches can reduce mild pain, explains by WebMD. However, if you have suffered a severe injury or are incapable of performing these exercises safely, proceed with caution. It may even be prudent to forgo stretches until a specialist can assess your injuries. For other cases of mild pain, these top 10 exercises may help. 1. Prayer Stretch Lower your hands to below your navel until feeling a mild stretch under your forearms. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat five times. 2. Wrist Flexor Stretch…

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