Arthritis Hand Hand Therapy

Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist: Adaptive Equipment for Hand Arthritis

Hand arthritis can have a huge impact on performance of daily tasks.  Activities like brushing your teeth or opening a jar can be painful and challenging.   If you have pain and limitations due to hand arthritis, there are many products available to help improve hand function.

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Ask a Doctor: Preparing for Hand Surgery

Hand surgeon David Friedman, MD, FACS, answers your questions about preparing for an upcoming hand surgery.

1. Will I need medical clearance before surgery? What other tests might I need? 

Medical clearance may require a visit to your primary care physician and/or a specialist like a cardiologist or pulmonologist.  Whether or not you require medical clearance depends on many factors including your age, medical history, and the type of surgery and anesthesia you are having.  You may require blood work, an EKG, and/or a chest X-ray.  For some types of surgery and depending upon your age and health status, no pre-operative clearance or testing may be needed.

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Carpal Boss Carpometacarpal Boss Lumps and Bumps

Have a Carpal Boss?

from the Cleveland Clinic

What is that bony lump on the back of your hand? Meet your carpal boss. Like your 9-to-5 boss, a carpal boss can be annoying. (But it probably won’t cause the same level of pain and suffering.)

“A carpal boss occurs on the back of the wrist where the pointer finger and middle finger meet the wrist bones,” says hand specialist Yuji Umeda, MD, PhD. “Most people can live with it when it’s just an unsightly condition. But if it involves pain, there are options that provide relief.”

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How to Fix a Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder happens when enough force is applied to the arm that the ball dislocates from the socket. If you’ve dislocated your shoulder, you’re likely feeling a lot of pain, your shoulder may appear abnormal, and it’s likely difficult to move your arm/shoulder.

The best way to fix a dislocated shoulder is to visit the emergency room or a healthcare professional such as an upper extremity surgeon. Here’s why you should visit a professional rather than doing it yourself:

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Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist: Online Hand Therapy

Today, you can order groceries online and have them delivered to your door. You can take a picture of your living room and a professional designer will decorate it without ever stepping foot in your home. Through the emerging development of telehealth, you can also virtually see a doctor for a common cold…AND…see a Certified Hand Therapist for common hand and arm conditions.

What is online hand therapy?

One of the trending topics of telehealth is the development of subspecialties such as telerehabilitation.  Telerehabilitation is a modern form of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services delivered through a secure and private video conferencing platform.  Online hand therapy is a form of telerehabilitation.

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Hand Hand Pain Technology

Ask a Doctor: Tech-Related Hand Pain

Dr. Steven H. Goldberg answers your questions about symptoms and myths related to common activities such as texting, typing and playing video games and whether they cause hand pain.

Question: Is extensive texting or video game play likely to cause wrist or hand symptoms?

Answer: Maybe.

Several studies have examined this question, and there is some limited evidence that higher amounts of texting or video game play may cause some hand/wrist discomfort. However, this should not be considered a “medical condition.” The obvious “cure” is to reduce the activity and thus avoid the need to see a healthcare provider. With some good old-fashioned common sense, I think each person should be able to adjust their activities to keep symptoms at a minimal or absent level. “Everything in moderation, even moderation.” — Oscar Wilde

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Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist: Types of Custom Orthoses

In the blog entitled “What is a Custom Orthosis?” basic information on custom orthoses was provided. But as hand therapists we can do so much more! In this blog, different types of custom orthoses and the reason your doctor and therapist may recommend one or another will be reviewed. In general, an orthosis is a device that is molded to and worn on a specific body part. The device can help to protect and support bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, and keep these structures in safe and healthy positions. An orthosis can also be used to help fix deformities or help people with limitations function better. Orthoses can be used to immobilize (keep the body part and tissue still), to mobilize (move the area) or to restrict partial movement in an area.

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How to prevent hand injuries around the house

Hand surgeon John M. Erickson, MD talks about common hand injuries around the house and how to prevent them.

“I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure” — Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath is the pledge toward which all doctors aspire.  Doctors try to cure disease and repair injuries. The passage from the oath above reminds us that, if at all possible, we should try to prevent illness and injury rather than only focusing on curing it after it has occurred.

Hand injuries while performing everyday activities — such as cooking, woodworking, exercising and lawnmowing — are too common. Many of these injuries can be prevented by adhering to simple, common sense guidelines.

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