Your wrist is extremely important to almost everything you do with your hands, including lifting objects, exercising, preparing food, etc. The ulnar side of your wrist is the side of your “pinkie” finger (or small finger), and pain on this side can be very common. It’s so common, in fact, that it can sometimes be difficult to determine the exact cause. The anatomy of the wrist is extremely complicated, which means that ulnar-sided wrist pain can result from an injury to bones, cartilage, ligaments or tendons.
If you’ve suffered an injury, are recovering from surgery or are living with a condition that affects your hands, chances are you’ve seen a hand therapist or have received instructions to do so by your hand surgeon. Hand therapists are essential to helping patients recover from injuries or surgeries and can help those in pain get back to living a normal life. Hand therapists and hand surgeons often work closely together to determine the best outcome for their patients.
by John M. Erickson, MD
The majority of snakes in the United States are non-venomous. These snakes are not dangerous to humans. The two main families of venomous snakes include the Viperidea and Elapidae families. The Copperhead, Cottonmouth (often called “water moccasins”) and rattlesnakes are examples of pit vipers in the Viperidea Family. Pit Vipers make up approximately 98% of the venomous snake bites in the United States. The coral snake is the only snake in the Elapidae Family native to the United States, and it is much less common than pit vipers.
A boxer’s fracture is another name for a broken hand, specifically when you break a bone in the small (or “pinky”) finger. Where does the term “boxer” come from? Boxer’s fractures get their name from one of the most common causes, which is punching something.
Sometimes, if you punch something with a clenched fist, the force applied to the fifth metacarpal bone is enough to break it. Here are 4 signs that you may have a boxer’s fracture:
Hand arthritis can have a huge impact on performance of daily tasks. Activities like brushing your teeth or opening a jar can be painful and challenging. If you have pain and limitations due to hand arthritis, there are many products available to help improve hand function.
Today, you can order groceries online and have them delivered to your door. You can take a picture of your living room and a professional designer will decorate it without ever stepping foot in your home. Through the emerging development of telehealth, you can also virtually see a doctor for a common cold…AND…see a Certified Hand Therapist for common hand and arm conditions.
What is online hand therapy?
One of the trending topics of telehealth is the development of subspecialties such as telerehabilitation. Telerehabilitation is a modern form of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services delivered through a secure and private video conferencing platform. Online hand therapy is a form of telerehabilitation.
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?
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
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.