Monthly Archives: Jun 2016

Arthritis Food Hand

Can salt cause arthritis?

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from The Paper

There’s a salt epidemic going on – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American ingests up to double the recommended sodium intake every day. Not only is this bad news for those with high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease, but one local bone expert points out that too much salt can also exacerbate the most common hand issue Americans face: arthritis.

Currently, approximately twenty percent of the U.S. population suffers from arthritis – that’s more than 52 million people. Dr. Mark Ciaglia, the preeminent hand surgeon and owner of Woodlands Center for Special Surgery, has noted a trend in arthritis hitting younger age groups, thanks in large part to repetitive motion injuries caused by activities such as video gaming or intense school-level sports.

“People, depending on their health, should take in between 1500 to 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day; yet the average person eats about 3,400,” said Ciaglia. He points out a couple of reasons why this can lead to arthritis and other hand issues.

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Burns Grilling Hand Hand Safety

5 grilling safety tips

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3D Printing Hand Hand Therapy

3D Printing in Hand Therapy

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3D printing technology is on the rise, and there is increased use by professionals and laypersons. Someday soon, this amazing technology will give hand therapists a remarkable tool to make “in-house” assistive devices, hand exercise equipment, therapy tools, orthotic components and orthoses (formerly termed “splints”), and more.

What are 3D printers and how do they work?

There are different types of 3D printers that use various processes to create objects. The most common type of 3D printer in the consumer market uses plastic filament with a price range of about $500 to $4,000 (Figure 1). Think of it as a highly sophisticated hot glue gun, which melts plastic filament and deposits it in layers from the bottom up to form an object (like building a brick wall). A digital file provides the “virtual blueprint” for instructing a 3D printer where to lay the plastic to form an object. These digital files are created by persons with skill in using computer design/modeling software or from scans of objects (using scanning technologies and even data from MRI or CT scans).

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Hand Hand Safety Lawnmower

10 lawnmower safety tips

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Stay safe this summer season while mowing your lawn! Lawnmowers can be the cause of serious hand injuries that may lead to loss of fingers or even a hand amputation. Follow these 10 lawnmower safety tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. You can also view these tips with our infographic.

  1. Never use your hands to remove grass or debris from the lawnmower.
  2. Never lift a mower from the bottom, or the blades will cut your fingers, even when not running.
  3. Never cut grass when the ground is damp.
  4. Read your mower’s instruction manual prior to use.
  5. Do not remove any safety devices or guards on switches.
  6. Only allow one person at a time on a riding mower.
  7. Keep up with the maintenance of your mower, and keep blades sharp.
  8. Do not drink alcohol before operating a lawnmower.
  9. Wear protective goggles and gloves, and always wear shoes while mowing the lawn.
  10. Do not allow children on or near a lawnmower, especially when it is running.

 

Learn more about hand safety at www.HandCare.org.

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ASSH Hand Hand Surgeon Hand Surgery

How to search for a hand surgeon

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The Find a Hand Surgeon search tool on www.HandCare.org is the best way to find the top hand surgeons in the U.S. and overseas. This tool includes thousands of surgeons, all of whom are members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the oldest and most prestigious hand surgery society. All of our active surgeon members are board-certified. Search by location (city or state or zip code) or search for a specific doctor that you may be familiar with. You can view the results on a Google map to see which surgeons are near you.

Why visit a hand surgeon?

Hand surgeons do much more than perform surgery. They can treat you for minor injuries such as a sprained wrist or jammed finger, or give you options for conditions such as carpal tunnel or trigger finger. Even if you’re simply experiencing pain in your hands, visiting a hand surgeon is the best option.

Visit www.HandCare.org to learn about conditions and injuries of the upper extremity.

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Anatomy Elbow Hand Muscles

Anatomy 101: Elbow Muscles

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The muscles that control your elbow are actually located in the upper and lower arm. There are three muscles and one tendon that help your elbow move. They are:

  1. Biceps Brachii: This is a muscle that is in the upper arm. It allows you to bend your elbow and rotate your forearm so that the palm faces up.
  2. Brachialis: This is a muscle located in the lower arm. It also helps bending of the elbow.
  3. Triceps Brachii: This is the third muscle. Located in the arm, it allows you to straighten your elbow.
  4. Lacertus: This is a thick tendon that runs from the tendon of the biceps.

Learn more about elbow muscles and other muscles, bones, joints and tendons of the upper extremity at www.HandCare.org.

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