262018Nov

Can Wrist Pain Cause Shoulder Pain?

Although the wrist and shoulder joints don’t have a direct connection, it’s important to recognize that none of the parts of the musculoskeletal system act in isolation. The Florida Hand Center recommends you consider four words: connection, repetition, referral, and compensation. We offer free hand screening that can help determine how your wrist pain may affect other areas. Wrist and Shoulder Pain – Connection Every joint in your body is connected to other parts of the skeleton by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. For example, the shoulder is connected to the elbow. Muscles from the elbow flex and extend the wrist. Watch a baseball pitcher – the pitcher uses nearly every…

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152018Nov

What Causes Hand Pain and Numbness?

At the Florida Hand Center, our physicians provide high-quality hand treatment for a variety of conditions. Many of our patients to us complaining of impaired function due to pain and numbness in the hand and fingers. Helping these people understand the root of their problems so they can achieve long-lasting relief is a major part of our care. Common Causes of Hand Numbness and Pain Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common source of hand numbness and pain. It’s caused by compression of the ulnar nerve in the elbow, which can happen due to inflammation, acute injury, swelling, and/or chronic repetitive damage at the elbow. The main symptom is numbness in the pinkie finger,…

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52018Nov

Will Arthritis Show Up in Blood Work?

Arthritis is a common ailment and one that typically presents with pain and stiffness in the joints. But what many people don’t realize is that it’s also an autoimmune condition. As such, it can show up in blood work as there are a number of factors that indicate it may be present in the body. Understanding the Rheumatoid Factor The Rheumatoid Factor (RF) is a measurement based on a group of specific proteins found in the blood. These proteins are only created when your body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues. Because of that, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can show up in the blood. Anytime these proteins are found at more than…

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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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