Monthly Archives: Apr 2016

Arm Cervical Radiculopathy Hand Neck

Do you have Cervical Radiculopathy?

Man holding his hand - pain concept

I’m having numbness and tingling in my hand. Sometimes there is pain that runs down my arm and shoulder. I thought I had carpal tunnel syndrome. Someone told me it could be coming from my neck. What does this mean?

Not all hand numbness is carpal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms you describe are typically caused from a nerve injury or irritation. The nerves that go to your arm start at your neck. If the nerve is being irritated or compressed at your neck, this is called cervical radiculopathy.

What causes cervical radiculopathy? I haven’t done anything to my neck.

The nerves that go to your arms exit the spinal cord through the spaces between bones in your neck. The bones have cushions between them called discs. A nerve can be compressed if the disc material is pressing on the nerve or if the bones develop spurs from arthritis, making the opening for the nerve small. Sometimes the joints in the spine can become inflamed and cause nerve irritation.

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Gardening Hand Hand Safety

5 gardening safety tips

Gardening Safety v1

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Arm Bones Broken Arm Fracture

How to know if you have a broken arm

Close-up of a young woman's hand in plaster.

It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a broken bone, also known as a fracture, and simply a sprain or other injury. Here are six signs that may mean you have a broken arm:

  1. Arm looks crooked
  2. Bruising
  3. Pain
  4. Swelling
  5. Arm is difficult to move
  6. Arm feels numb or tingly

Visit a hand surgeon if any of these symptoms are true. Any deep cuts that may have occurred during your injury should also be checked immediately since there is a risk of infection. Your hand surgeon or emergency doctor may treat you with a cast or recommend surgery.

Read more about broken arm injuries at www.HandCare.org.

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Anatomy Hand Tendons Thumb

Anatomy 101: Thumb Tendons

tendons

 

Did you know that the tendons attached to your thumb run all the way up your forearm? There are four thumb tendons:

  • Abductor pollicis longus: This tendon helps you move the thumb away from the palm to form an open hand.
  • Flexor pollicis longus: This tendon helps you bend the thumb.
  • Extensor pollicis brevis: This tendon travels along the back of the thumb and helps straighten the thumb. It connects the muscle in the back of the forearm to the bone in the middle of the thumb.
  • Extensor pollicis longus:  This tendon also travels along the back of the thumb and helps straighten the thumb, but it connects the muscle in the back of the forearm to the bone at the tip of the thumb.

Learn more about anatomy of the fingers, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder at www.HandCare.org.

 

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Hand Hand Therapy Joints

5 activities that hurt your joints

Hand Deformed From Rheumatoid Arthritis. Studio shot. Pain condition. In red

Certified hand therapist Michelle McMurray, MOT, OTR/L, CHT discusses how you can save your joints while performing daily activities.


Sometimes it is our small, every day activities in our daily routines that we overlook.  As we get busy with our daily lives, sometimes we are not aware of the little things that we do that can ultimately add up to big problems.  We hear about many things that we can do to protect our joints, but in the business of daily lives we forget about ourselves…and our joints.

Here are some examples of some basic tasks we do all the time that can eventually lead to bigger problems:

1. Cleaning

When scrubbing carpet to remove a stain, it is very common that we pinch the cloth and apply pressure.  A big problem that can occur if you happen to quickly catch the end of your finger is a mallet finger.  This is an injury that leaves a droop at the end of the finger. The rehab process can be long and tedious. The easiest way to avoid this is to grip the rag with a fist or use a brush with a handle.

2. Writing

With technology, we do not write as much as we did in the past.  In that case, we are sometimes hurried when doing this activity, which may lead to increased pressure and gripping on the writing utensil.  One thing that can help to decrease the pressure on the thumb is increasing the diameter of the pen/pencil.

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Hand Wrist Wrist Fracture Wrist Sprain

Is it Sprained or Fractured? How to Tell What’s Wrong with Your Wrist

Closeup on business woman with wrist pain

from The Scope

Even a small slip or fall onto an outstretched hand can injure your wrist, but just how bad is it? Should you ice and elevate the injury? Or go to the doctor for an X-ray? Orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist Dr. Andrew Tyser lends his expertise on this episode of “The Specialists,” and explains what to look out for when it comes to wrist injuries.

Dr. Miller: How would somebody know if they might have a wrist fracture versus a sprain of the wrist? What are the common ways that we get wrist fractures?

Dr. Tyser: That’s a great question. I think it’s important to know that wrist fractures in general are very common as are wrist sprains. Many times they’re caused by similar mechanisms. Lots of times people have a simple fall from ground level, sometimes slipping on the ice, sometimes falling off a bike. And the first question is, this hurts, is it broken or not?

Read the full story.

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