Author Archives: The Hand Society

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How to remove a stuck ring

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Can’t get that ring off your finger? A stuck ring can be the result of a ring that’s too small, arthritic joints or swelling. Regardless of the reason, here is a safe way to remove it:

  1. Squirt some Windex – yes Windex – on the finger and ring. Or, use any lubricant such as soap or oil.
  2. Elevate the hand overhead for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger.
  3. Use dental floss or a thread to compress the swollen finger as shown:
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Advice from a doctor on avoiding hand injuries during the holidays

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from the Sun Sentinel

Longtime West Boca Medical Center and private practice hand surgeon Dr. Michael Joyner sees his share of holiday mishaps – cutting holiday appetizers or prepping dinner with arthritis or using too sharp a knife – and has sage advice on how to ward off hand injuries.

What has arthritis got to do with food preparation?

They don’t have a good hold or grip. A lot of times, they’ll get a cut or laceration. In the hand, it doesn’t bleed so much, but may a hit a nerve. Many times they’ll have a constant numbness or tingling.

Does it get worse?

The longer you wait, the less likely it will be repaired.

What should people do if this happens to them?

I would follow up with a hand surgeon and be evaluated in a timely fashion. That can make a difference in your treatment plan.

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How to find a good hand surgeon

FAHS screens hotHand 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.

With the new and improved Find a Hand Surgeon tool from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, you can search for a hand surgeon near you from our database of thousands of hand surgeons, all of which are members of our Society. 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.

Visit www.HandCare.org to use the Find a Hand Surgeon tool and learn about conditions and injuries of the upper extremity.

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: Description, Symptoms and Treatment

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is caused by pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve (the “funny bone”), which can cause you to feel numbness or tingling, pain and/or weakness in the hand and fingers. It can prevent you from performing daily tasks and affect you during the night.

This condition can be treated with simple activity modification, but surgery may be needed.

Watch this 3-minute video to learn more about Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, including possible symptoms and your treatment options. Visit www.HandCare.org to read about this condition in detail.

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Anatomy 101: Finger Bones

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Did you know that there are 27 bones in the hand and wrist? The hand is a very complex anatomical structure. Fingers, also known as phalanges, have three bones each. The finger bones, as shown in the figure above, are:

  1. Proximal phalanges: Above the metacarpals, below the knuckle
  2. Middle phalanges: Just above the knuckle
  3. Distal phalanges: At the fingertip

The thumb mimics the other fingers but does not have a middle phalanx. Metacarpals are hand bones that line up with the fingers. They give the hand its structure and serve as an attachment for many small muscles, tendons and ligaments in the hand.

Learn more about the bones of the fingers, hand and wrist on the anatomy page at www.HandCare.org.

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Ask a Doctor: Hand Tumors and Wrist Tumors

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Dr. Ekkehard Bonatz answers your questions about the lumps and bumps you may find on your hand or wrist.

I have been told I may need surgery for a tumor in my hand. What does that mean?

A “tumor” simply means there is a swelling that is not normally there, and your doctor feels it needs further examination. Sometimes it is referred to as a mass.

What kinds of tumors should I be concerned about?

Most tumors or masses on the hand and wrist are benign and are not cancer. Most commonly they are ganglion cysts. They are fluid-filled and can change in size. A giant cell tumor is a benign collection of tissue around a joint or a tendon. A thickening in the skin of the palm can also be a sign of Dupuytren’s contracture.

When should I see a hand surgeon about a tumor, growth or mass?

When the problem interferes enough with your hand function during the day or while enjoying a particular hobby, you may want to seek further advice. Many patients experience mild pain or discomfort, while others just notice a lump that wasn’t there before.

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5 turkey carving safety tips

Turkey Carving Safety FINAL

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5 Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common conditions of the hand. It happens when there is pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. It can be caused by things like arthritis and fractures, but, ultimately, there can be many causes.

Here are 5 signs that you may have carpal tunnel:

  1. Pain
  2. Numbness
  3. Tingling
  4. Weaker grip
  5. Tendency to drop things

Numbness and tingling is common in the thumb and pointer, middle and ring fingers. Sometimes, symptoms can be worse during the night, but they can also be felt during daily activities.

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