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Hand Hand Pain Technology

Ask a Doctor: Tech-Related Hand Pain

Dr. Steven H. Goldberg answers your questions about symptoms and myths related to common activities such as texting, typing and playing video games and whether they cause hand pain.

Question: Is extensive texting or video game play likely to cause wrist or hand symptoms?

Answer: Maybe.

Several studies have examined this question, and there is some limited evidence that higher amounts of texting or video game play may cause some hand/wrist discomfort. However, this should not be considered a “medical condition.” The obvious “cure” is to reduce the activity and thus avoid the need to see a healthcare provider. With some good old-fashioned common sense, I think each person should be able to adjust their activities to keep symptoms at a minimal or absent level. “Everything in moderation, even moderation.” — Oscar Wilde

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Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist: Types of Custom Orthoses

In the blog entitled “What is a Custom Orthosis?” basic information on custom orthoses was provided. But as hand therapists we can do so much more! In this blog, different types of custom orthoses and the reason your doctor and therapist may recommend one or another will be reviewed. In general, an orthosis is a device that is molded to and worn on a specific body part. The device can help to protect and support bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, and keep these structures in safe and healthy positions. An orthosis can also be used to help fix deformities or help people with limitations function better. Orthoses can be used to immobilize (keep the body part and tissue still), to mobilize (move the area) or to restrict partial movement in an area.

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How to prevent hand injuries around the house

Hand surgeon John M. Erickson, MD talks about common hand injuries around the house and how to prevent them.

“I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure” — Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath is the pledge toward which all doctors aspire.  Doctors try to cure disease and repair injuries. The passage from the oath above reminds us that, if at all possible, we should try to prevent illness and injury rather than only focusing on curing it after it has occurred.

Hand injuries while performing everyday activities — such as cooking, woodworking, exercising and lawnmowing — are too common. Many of these injuries can be prevented by adhering to simple, common sense guidelines.

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Grilling Hand Hand Safety

5 Expert Tips for Grilling Outside

Whether you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, there are always dangers involved in grilling outside. While grilling is fun (and produces great tasting food!) it’s essential that you protect your hands during the process. Don’t forget, your hands are the reason you CAN grill!

When deciding whether to grill, lighting your grill, gauging the heat and actually cooking food, follow these five tips for grilling safely outside:

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Fireworks Hand Hand Safety

Here’s Why Fireworks Are Dangerous

It’s hard to imagine a Fourth of July holiday without fireworks. It’s an American tradition that’s both fun and exciting, but fireworks can be dangerous. Here’s why.

They’re unpredictable.

Fireworks can explode unexpectedly and can even go off in the wrong direction sometimes. It’s also hard to gauge exactly how large an explosion may be, especially with illegal fireworks. If a firework explodes in your hand, you could lose your hand completely.

Sometimes, you may come across a firework that is a “dud.” If this occurs, do not attempt to relight the firework. Instead, wait 20 minutes after the initial attempt, then place the firework in a bucket of water.

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Advice from a Hand Therapist: Artificial Skin

What is artificial skin?

We’re answering your questions about artificial skin.

My friend had a bad burn on her hand. She mentioned that the doctor used artificial skin on her hand. What is artificial skin anyway?

Artificial skin is a term used to describe a group of products used to treat burns and other wounds. Skin is the largest organ in our body. You can think of it as a fortress. Its chief purpose is to provide protection to the structures inside our bodies as well as to keep our body temperature regulated. A burn or a wound is a hole in that fortress that makes us susceptible to infections or loss of important fluids. Our skin has a remarkable ability to heal itself, but sometimes an injury may involve an area so large that the body cannot heal fast enough to prevent complications. Sometimes these wounds can be covered with skin grafts from elsewhere on the body. However, this can be painful, and, if the area is very large, a skin graft may not be possible. Artificial skin can be one way that these areas can be covered.

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Ask a Doctor: Fingertip Injuries

Hand surgeon Ryan Zimmerman, MD answers your questions about fingertip injuries.

Fingertip Injuries

What are fingertips made of?

Fingertips have several parts, all with special purposes.  At the core is the bone, called the distal phalanx, which provides support and shape to the end of the finger.  On the top and bottom of the bone are tendons that attach to the bone and make it move.  On the top rests the nail, supported by the specialized nail bed skin just below.  The rest of the fingertip is covered by skin that has lots of nerves, which give fingertips their sensitivity. 

Are fingertip injuries common?  How do they happen?

Fingertips are one of the most commonly injured body parts, and injuries can happen lots of different ways.  Two common ways are cuts, such as from a knife, or crush injuries, such as getting caught in a car door or under a heavy object. 

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Dog Walking Hand Injury

Many dog owners are holding their dog’s leads incorrectly, warn surgeons

from Country Living

Dog walkers could be putting themselves at risk of serious hand injuries by holding dog leads incorrectly, surgeons have warned.

According to the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, severe hand injuries can be caused by the sudden movement of dogs after many owners wrap the lead around their wrist or fingers when out on a walk.

They have explained that holding your dog’s lead incorrectly could lead to: 

  • Lacerations
  • Friction burns
  • Fractures
  • Ligament injuries

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