52019Feb

What Happens If Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Goes Untreated?

The muscles and nerves of the hands and elbows are responsible for some of the most common movements and injuries on the planet. One of these injuries, cubital tunnel syndrome, refers to the entrapment of the ulnar nerve at the elbow or the wrist. Although it is most commonly found occurring within the elbow, it may occur at any point along the nerve between the elbow and the wrist. Unfortunately, the frequency of this condition means some people opt to forgo treatment. However, leaving it untreated can have profound consequences. Weakness in the Fingers and Thumb The biggest consequences of cubital tunnel syndrome are discomfort and weakness in the forearm…

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232019Jan

Can Arthritis be Detected in a Blood Test?

Arthritis is a catch-all term for conditions that make the hand joints stiff, painful and sometimes swollen or red. In the hands, arthritis can make it difficult to type, button your clothes or perform many other daily tasks. Hand pain is not necessarily arthritis. However, if you have hand pain, you may benefit from some form of hand treatment. Here’s more information about arthritis and hand pain, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. Hand Pain Causes Arthritis is one of the most common reasons for hand pain, especially in older people. There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, but the two most likely culprits are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and…

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152019Jan

What is the best medicine for hand pain?

There is no one size fits all pain remedy. Because pain can come from a variety of sources, there can be any number of reasons why you are experiencing pain or what type it is. Pain remedies tend to focus specifically on the type of pain making some more effective for certain conditions while others may not help at all. Before you attempt to take any type of medication for hand pain you should first talk to your doctor about the type of pain you have. This will allow you to find remedies that are more likely to work without a lot of trial and error. You don’t need to…

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102019Jan

Signs You May Have Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is the result of inflammation of the ulnar nerve. It can result from injury but is most common with overuse. The condition can be quite painful. A hand treatment specialist like the doctors at the Florida Hand Center can also deal with conditions in the forearm and may be the best person to consult for this condition. All About Cubital Tunnel Syndrome The ulnar nerve begins in the side of the neck and runs all the way down the arm to the fingers. In the area of the elbow, the nerve passes through a “tunnel” composed of muscle, bone, and ligament in the inside of the elbow….

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52019Jan

Can I Get Wrist Pain From Playing Too Much Golf?

Golf is excellent exercise, typically in pleasant surroundings and with congenial partners, as well as being a challenge. If you play golf on a regular basis, however, it’s quite common to develop wrist pain. It’s important to try to prevent these problems, as severe wrist pain can put an end to your golfing days. Here’s some useful information, courtesy of the Florida Hand Center. Wrist Pain and Injuries in Golf Wrist injuries are most commonly from tears in muscles, tendons, and ligaments, or from sprains, strains or repetitive motion injuries. If you have a chronic condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis or arthritis, playing golf can make the problem worse….

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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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