312018Oct

How You Can Actively Avoid Arthritis

Do struggle with simple tasks, like buttoning shirts, texting on your phone, typing on a computer, braiding your grandchild’s hair? If you have hand pain and wrist pain caused by arthritis, you’re not alone. According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 50 million Americans are living with this condition. This makes arthritis the leading cause of disability! If you’re one of the 1 in 5 adults living with small joint arthritis and have pain and stiffness in your fingers, hands, and wrist, the team at Florida Hand Center would be honored to help you minimize your pain and improve your function. We offer a range of hand treatment options for patients living…

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232018Oct

How can I relieve carpal tunnel pain?

With the increasing use of keyboards, cell phones, and other electronic devices, disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and basilar joint arthritis are on the rise.  These conditions can eventually escalate into hand pain that disrupts everyday life and causes irreversible damage.  Fortunately, a free hand screening can detect CTS before any permanent damage occurs. Overview of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome CTS is a relatively common disorder.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 3 to 6 percent of the U.S. population suffers from this condition.  This disorder occurs as the result of compression when the carpal tunnel becomes narrowed or inflammation causes tissues to exert pressure on the median nerve.  The hallmark symptoms…

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102018Oct

Is carpal tunnel a permanent disability?

There are many issues that contribute to wrist and hand problems, and a lot of them are temporary or not serious. There are also some that are more significant, and that can lead to long-term issues. In order to reduce the chances of these problems and address issues quickly and efficiently, you can get a free hand screening to look for concerns that may be getting started in your hands or wrists. One of those concerns is carpal tunnel, which can make it difficult to use your hands without stiffness, numbness, and tingling. Over time, this also causes weakened muscles and atrophy, as well as permanent nerve damage. What is…

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52018Oct

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Has Treatment Options

With so many conditions that can affect the hand, wrist, elbow, and arm, you may not be sure what’s wrong when you start feeling numbness or tingling. Fortunately, there are treatment options for most of these problems that return a range of motion and flexibility while reducing tingling and complications such as weakness and muscle atrophy. One of the conditions that may occur and require treatment is cubital tunnel syndrome, which is a compression of the nerves in the elbow. When that takes place there’s numbness and tingling in the pinky and ring finger of the affected hand, along with the palm of that hand. This can make some tasks…

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292018Sep

What Are the Risk Factors for Arthritis in the Hands?

The term arthritis is a generic word for over 100 different conditions. Arthritis can occur in both children and adults and has many different causes. The hands are just as susceptible to arthritis as other joints but arthritis in the hands can cause more disability, simply because the use of the hands is so important in daily life. Here’s what the Florida Hand Center wants you to know about symptoms and possible risk factors for arthritis in the hands. Symptoms of Arthritis in the Hands The most common symptom of any kind of arthritis is joint pain. It is typically worse in the morning and may get better throughout the…

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182018Sep

Why Do My Hands Hurt in the Morning?

Your hands are delicate, complex structures with 27 bones and connecting muscles, tendons and ligaments. Vulnerable to injury and some disease, the hands often send out pain signals when there’s something wrong. Morning hand pain can be caused by a number of conditions; here’s what you need to know, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. Causes of Hand Pain Your hands might hurt because they are inflamed because you have nerve damage, a sprain or fracture. Repetitive motion injuries can also cause hand pain, as can chronic health conditions. A hand pain first thing in the morning, however, is more likely to indicate certain conditions. Here are some possibilities: Arthritis…

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122018Sep

Is Arthritis permanent?

Having arthritis can mean dealing with a lot of pain, and wanting answers about how to improve your condition. But to get proper treatment, it’s important to remember that arthritis isn’t a single disease. It refers to joint pain and a lot of different types of joint disease. Whether you have small joint arthritis or you struggle with pain in the larger joints of your body, the goals of treatment are to relieve your pain and reduce any future harm. Some types of arthritis cause joint damage, and their re-treatments to slow that progression. How is Arthritis Treated? According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 100 different types of…

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62018Sep

7 Hand Exercises to Ease Arthritis Pain

Discover Effective and Individualized Arthritic Hand Treatment at the Florida Hand Center At the Florida Hand Center, our board-certified surgeons recognize that your health is in your hands—literally! We are pleased to offer preventive and therapeutic services—including a free hand screening for you and your loved ones—which can help you get a better handle on your hand pain and dysfunction.   One of the most common issues facing our patients is hand pain caused by arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, this is the leading cause of disability among American adults (although arthritis affects as many as 300,000 infants and children, too). Rather than a single disorder, arthritis includes over 100 different conditions which can cause joint inflammation, joint pain,…

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162018Aug

How long does it take for ganglion cyst to go away?

Having a ganglion cyst can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but fortunately, there are things that can be done to treat it. Most people who have a cyst like this just want it to go away, and they wonder how they can make that happen and how long it will take. That generally depends on several factors, but with a free hand screening, it’s possible to determine what kind of treatment should be offered and how easily the cyst can be reduced or eliminated. Then you can consider all the choices you have, in order to make an informed decision by working with your doctor to get rid of your ganglion…

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122018Aug

What Are The Symptoms of Nerve Damage in Your Hand?

At the Florida Hand Center, a majority of our patients from the Port Charlotte and Fort Myers areas come to us complaining of hand pain and other symptoms related to nerve damage. A number of conditions can cause such symptoms to occur, including cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, or even arthritis and other types of joint conditions—virtually, anything that leads to inflammation or compression of a nerve. Our hand surgeon staff uses best-practice diagnostic techniques to determine the underlying causes and contributing factors so that optimal treatment can be initiated. We’re also proud to offer a free hand screening for anyone who has concerns about their arm and hand…

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