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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The Most Common Causes of Wrist Fractures

Wrist fractures are extremely painful and debilitating. If you’ve broken your wrist, don’t delay treatment. The wrist consists of eight small bones that connect to the two bones in the forearm, the radius and ulna. Although any of those bones can break, resulting in a wrist fracture, fractures most commonly occur in the lower end of the larger of the two forearm bones, the distal radius.  Such a break, known as a distal radius fracture, typically results when we attempt to stop a fall with an outstretched hand while skiing or snowboarding, or when we suffer a powerful blow to the wrist, such as in a car accident. People with…

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Can You Treat a Ganglion Cyst at Home?

Ganglion cysts are bumps on the wrist that rarely cause discomfort. But if they do, they’re easily treated with at-home remedies. Have you noticed a lump on your wrist? It could be a ganglion cyst. Sprouting along the tendons of the wrist, a noncancerous, fluid-filled ganglion cyst is typically quite small — usually less than an inch wide — and has an oval or round shape. Ganglion cysts have no definitive cause, although they tend to form when fluid builds up in the tissues around a tendon or joint, resulting in a nodule. The condition is most common among women between 20 and 40, people with osteoarthritis in their top…

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What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

An orthopedic condition affecting the fingers and hand, Dupuytren’s contracture progresses so slowly that many people are unaware they have it until its later stages. In the condition’s advanced stages, patients may have extremely bent fingers, and they’ll likely experience difficulty doing everyday activities such as shaking hands, putting on gloves, and handling large objects. In its earliest phase, Dupuytren’s contracture shows up as lumps of tissue under the skin of the palm of the hand. Patients may also notice a dimpling of the skin. According to the Dupuytren Research Group, about 15 million Americans aged 35 or over have the disorder if those experiencing early signs are counted. As…

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Dorsal Wrist Pain: When Pain in the Back of Your Wrist Is a Cause for Concern

A common orthopedic complaint among gymnasts, yoga practitioners, and even non-athletes, pain along the back of the wrist is known medically as dorsal wrist impingement syndrome, a condition that arises when the lining of the joint, or capsule, becomes inflamed and thickens. Specifically, the inflammation is located in the capsule between the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon, a forearm muscle that controls the wrist, and the scaphoid bone, one of the carpal bones on the thumb side of the wrist between the hand and forearm. When the capsule is inflamed, individuals typically experience a pinching pain when the wrist is bent backward. That’s most likely because repeated extensions of the…

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