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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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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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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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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What is the reason for arthritis pain?

Having arthritis pain can be very frustrating. But one of the issues a lot of people also have is not really understanding what’s causing the pain. When they know why they’re hurting they can not only work to feel better, but they can acknowledge the cause more easily. With that in mind, there are reasons for arthritis pain that can vary. Some of that depends on whether you have small joint arthritis or another type because the causes of pain and the treatments that are needed are sometimes different. It’s important to understand your type of arthritis so you can get the treatment that you need to feel better. Arthritis…

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What Happens When You Hit Your Ulnar Nerve?

Your ulnar nerve is one of the three main nerves in your arm. It supplies sensation to your pinkie finger and part of your ring finger. It also controls some of the muscles in your hand and forearm necessary for fine motor coordination and grip strength.  The path your ulnar nerve takes as it travels from your spine through your arm can give rise to the so-called phenomenon known as "hitting your funny bone." Specifically, the ulnar nerve passes through a bony groove in your elbow covered by fibrous tissue in what is called the cubital tunnel. At this area in your elbow, the ulnar nerve is quite close to the skin and…

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Can you drain a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a lump filled with jellylike fluid. Although these lumps are not cancerous, they can be painful and inconvenient in some cases. If you have a ganglion cyst that is causing you problems, you may wonder whether your symptoms would improve if the cyst were drained.  Can Ganglion Cysts be Drained? It is possible to drain the fluid from a ganglion cyst during a procedure known as "aspiration." During this procedure, the surgeon will use a thin needle to remove all of the fluid from the cyst. However, it is important to note that the cyst may recur after it has been drained.  What Other Treatments Are…

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Can you have arthritis and tendonitis?

Arthritis and tendonitis are two distinct conditions that can affect the hand and wrist. Although these conditions are not the same, it is possible to have both conditions at the same time.  What Is Arthritis? Arthritis occurs when joints become inflamed, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness. Small joint arthritis is common in the hands and wrists, making it difficult to move your fingers or grasp objects properly. Arthritis in the hands and wrists can be the result of osteoarthritis, which is related to the normal wear and tear joints experience over time, or rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints.  What is Tendonitis? Another common…

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Treatment Options for Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion cyst is a common problem that isn’t usually a cause for concern. However, because these cysts can cause uncomfortable symptoms or other problems, many people decide to treat them. What Is a Ganglion Cyst? A ganglion cyst is a small round or oval cyst that usually develops along the joints or tendons in the hands and wrists. Ganglion cysts vary in size considerably, ranging from small pea-sized cysts to cysts that measure more than 2 cm in diameter. Although most ganglion cysts are painless, some can cause discomfort. Some of the symptoms you may experience include pain, tingling, muscle weakness or numbness. Treatment Options If your ganglion cyst…

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How does cubital tunnel syndrome occur?

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition that can make it difficult for you to use your arm, hand, and fingers properly. This condition usually develops because of a combination of factors. What Is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve, which runs near the ulnar bone in the inner aspect of your elbow (also known as the ‘funny bone’), becomes stretched or is inflamed. This leads to several uncomfortable symptoms, including weakness in the hand, pain in the elbow and tingling and/or numbness in the small and ring fingers. Causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Some of the risk factors that may lead to the development of…

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