from Everyday Health
By Glenn D. Cohen, MD, Special to Everyday Health
People all over the world of various cultures, religions, and nationalities use their hands to greet one another, communicate through sign language, hold their babies, do work, and more. Hands are a universal part of our humanity, and the hand is one of the most vital parts of the body. Here’s proof: One-fourth of the motor cortex in the brain is dedicated to controlling muscles in your hands. Yet what I’ve learned as a hand surgeon is that many people don’t know a lot about their hands. Here are some hand misconceptions I’ve encountered over the years.
Myth No. 1: If You Can Move Your Finger, Wrist, or Elbow, It Isn’t Broken
Recently, I treated a tough young defensive end who was sure his finger wasn’t broken because he could move it. He insisted on getting back in the game. “Just because you can move it doesn’t mean it’s not broken,” I told him. Only a doctor, using an X-ray, can make the definitive call.
In high school football, the hand is the most commonly fractured body part, according to a study published in 2012 in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. More than 150,000 football players under age 15 seek treatment for injuries each year, and one out of every seven of those injuries are to the hand, finger, or wrist.
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.
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.
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.
Hand surgeon and American Society for Surgery of the Hand member Kodi K. Azari, MD, FACS, tells his story about performing a hand transplant, becoming a hand surgeon, and the importance of the human hand. Listen to the podcast.
Learn more about conditions, injuries and procedures of the hand at www.HandCare.org.
Follow these steps to find one of more than 3,500 surgeon members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand:
- Visit the Find a Hand Surgeon tool.
- Search by city, state, zip code or name.
- Browse the profiles of the hand surgeons near you.
- Use the contact information provided to make an appointment.
Visit a hand surgeon for treatment of the fingers, hand, arm and shoulder. Learn more about hand surgeons and common conditions of the upper extremity at www.handcare.org.