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Best Ways to Cope With Hand Pain

from Harvard Health Letter

Hand pain becomes common as we get older. Tingling and numbness, aching or locking joints, and difficulty grasping objects are frequent complaints. But don’t make your own diagnosis and suffer in silence. “It’s difficult to discern between different types of hand pain. Some have overlapping symptoms,” says Dr. Sang-Gil Lee, a hand surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Lee advises that you seek treatment as soon as possible for persistent hand pain, before it gets so advanced that it’s tough to use your hands for even the simplest jobs, like brushing your teeth or buttoning a shirt.

The following are common types of hand pain and their treatments.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the wearing away of cartilage in the joints. Any joint is susceptible. However, in the fingers, it’s typically the last joint before the fingernail that’s affected. On the thumb, it’s usually the joint at the base of the hand. Symptoms include stiffness and pain that goes away with rest. “What causes pain is the restriction of gliding motion. It causes inflammation,” explains Dr. Lee. To diagnose osteoarthritis, your doctor may order an x-ray to look at the bones.

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Find a Hand Surgeon Near You

Need a hand surgeon? We have more than 3,000 for you in the Find a Hand Surgeon tool by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Our tool, powered by Google Maps, allows you to search by city, state, zip code or doctor all around the world.

Here’s what else you should know about our tool:

  • Our database is limited to surgeon members of ASSH, which means they’ve completed a rigorous application process, demonstrating high moral, ethical and professional standing in hand surgery.
  • All of the surgeons in our database are either board-certified or on track to become board-certified.
  • Our tool will provide you with a photo, office address, website and phone number of each surgeon.
  • You can pinpoint each surgeon on our map, powered by Google.

Search for a hand surgeon today. Learn more about hand surgery and what a hand surgeon does by visiting www.HandCare.org, the patient site from ASSH.

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Random Fact: Smart Phones and Hand Pain

Did you know? While 72% of Americans use smart phones, there is no evidence to suggest that smart phone use has resulted in an uptick of wrist and hand pain. At least not yet. Read more.

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A Detailed Guide About Bicep Tendon Tears

Guest post from BicepTendonTear.com

A bicep tendon is a band of fibrous tissues which has the property of being tough as well as flexible. It can withstand tension due to its flexibility. A bicep tendon tear can occur at two places, either at the elbow or at the shoulder. Bicep tear occurring at the shoulder is more common. 90% of the tears happen at the shoulder. Main reasons being over-head weight lifting, not warming up properly before any heavy physical activity, smoking too much, and age. Use of steroids is harmful as well; they lead to various disorders such as deficiency in sperm count, impotency and infertility. Moreover, they may lead to dysplasia of collagen fibrils, which can decrease the tensile strength of tendon, thus causing the bicep tendon to tear. These tears weaken your arm to an extent that 30% of your flexural strength and 40% of your supination strength decreases.

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Ask a Therapist: Thumb Arthritis

Certified Hand Therapist Michelle McMurray, MOT, OTR/L, CHT discusses thumb arthritis, also known as basal joint arthritis.


Basal joint arthritis, or thumb arthritis, is the most common site of arthritis in the hand.  This may also be referred to as the CMC (carpometacarpal) joint.  Pain typically occurs at the base of the thumb where the hand meets the wrist.  People typically report pain and weakness with grasping or pinching activities. Most people do not realize how important this particular joint is to the function of the hand until it hurts.  The amount of force transmitted through the CMC joint holding a 1-pound object at the tip is amplified to over 13 pounds at the CMC joint.  Basic activities of daily living can require between 6 and 8 pounds of pinch at the tip of the thumb, which would be amplified more than 10 times that at the base of the thumb!  Over time, this can cause break-down of the joint with loss of cartilage (the smooth part of the joint) and inflammation.  This is sometimes a painful process.

When this occurs in the body, what options do we have to feel better?  Most people do not choose surgery as their first option, and it is often not recommended as the first option.  Initial options may include injections, splinting, medications and/or rest.  Additionally, there are modifications that can be made to our daily activities which may also help to decrease the pain.

Here are a few examples of some easy and inexpensive ways to protect your hands to decrease the stress and inflammation at your thumb:

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Quick Guide to Summer Hand Injuries

from Hudson Valley News Network

Courtesy of Michelle Fontaine, MD, Orange Regional Medical Center

MIDDLETOWN – Cold weather is behind us and our hands have emerged from their mittens into a world with hazards.

During the summer, the emergency room typically sees an increase in traumatic hand and finger injuries. And, it’s not surprising that the surge comes as yard work begins, since lawnmowers are a common cause of hand injuries.

To ensure you cut your lawn and nothing else, taking a few simple precautions can help. Always wear gloves as a first line of defense when operating a mower or other trimming tools. Keep your hands away from blades and the chute at all times. If your mower is clogged, use extreme caution when cleaning it out. Never touch mower blades with your hands, even if the engine is off. Once an obstruction is cleared, the blades may unexpectedly turn and cause serious bodily damage.

Grilling is another culprit. We see slicing injuries not just from basic food prep – which is a year-round issue – but from people using knives improperly. For example, we see people separate frozen burger patties or slice buns in their hands rather than on a table top.

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5 Common Hand Conditions (in Español) / 5 Condiciones comunes de la mano

Did you know that the American Society for Surgery of the Hand provides online information on 20 different hand and upper extremity conditions in Spanish? Here are some of our most popular conditions in Spanish:

  1. Artritis de la base del pulgar (thumb arthritis): La artritis en la base del pulgar es una predisposición genética: al igual que las canas y el afinamiento del pelo, aparece con la edad y surge más temprano en algunas familias.  A diferencia del afinamiento del cabello, las mujeres tienden a padecer artritis del pulgar antes que los hombres.
  2. Dedo en gatillo (trigger finger): La tendosinovitis estenosante, comúnmente conocida como “dedo en gatillo” o “pulgar en gatillo”, afecta los tendones y poleas de la mano que flexionan los dedos.
  3. Quistes sinoviales (ganglion cysts): Los quistes sinoviales (o “gangliones”) son bultos muy comunes en la mano y la muñeca que aparecen junto a articulaciones o tendones.  Los lugares más comunes son la parte de arriba de la muñeca, el lado de la palma de la muñeca, la base de los dedos del lado de la palma y la parte superior de la articulación que está más cerca de la punta de los dedos.
  4. Síndrome del túnel carpiano (carpal tunnel syndrome): El síndrome del túnel carpiano (STC) es una afección que surge debido al aumento de la presión sobre el nervio medo en la muñeca. En efecto, es un nervio pellizcado en la muñeca.
  5. Epicondilitis lateral (tennis elbow): La epicondilitis lateral, en general conocida como codo de tenista, es una afección dolorosa de los tendones que se unen al hueso en la parte externa (lateral) del codo.

For additional topics in Spanish, visit www.HandCare.org.

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