Arthritis Hand

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

This recent Facebook post from The Hand Society reminds us all that May is Arthritis Awareness Month! Visit www.handcare.org for more information about arthritis.


In honor of May being Arthritis Awareness Month, make sure you check out our resources on arthritis, such as this information about arthritis of the base of the thumb. http://bit.ly/1PGD4Ne

Posted by American Society for Surgery of the Hand on Friday, May 15, 2015

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Animal Bite Hand

8 signs of an infected animal bite

Animal bites of the hand are more likely to become infected than other parts of the body. Spot an infection – which can result in surgeries, amputations or even death – by watching for these signs:

  1. Increased redness and pain around the bite
  2. Difficulty moving the body part
  3. Drainage
  4. Swelling
  5. Development of an abscess (a bump full of puss or debris)
  6. Red streaks going up the arm
  7. Enlarged lymphnodes
  8. Fever

Reduce your risk of infection by visiting a doctor immediately after an animal bite, regardless of whether you are experiencing any problematic symptoms. Dog and cat bites are the most common animal bites. Learning how to prevent and treat these injuries is important. Here are some tips:

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Amputation Arm Hand

Random Fact: Amputations

American flags during 4th of July parade

Since 2001, more than 1,500 U.S. soldiers have sustained limb amputations. Thank a military man or woman for Armed Forces Day today. Learn more about amputations and prosthetic limbs.

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Ganglion Cysts Hand Wrist

Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are lumps in the hand and wrist that are very common. Watch the latest ganglion cyst video from The Hand Society to see what a cyst looks like and how it can be treated. For more videos, visit www.handcare.org.

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What is a hand surgeon?

What is a Hand Surgeon v2

Find a hand surgeon near you.

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Gardening Hand Wrist

How to prevent gardening injuries

Gardening tools and flowers in the garden

Spring is in full bloom, and now is the time to tend to your garden! Follow these safety tips to prevent gardening injuries:

  1. Wear gloves: Gloves will reduce blistering and protect your skin from fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria and fungus that live in the soil. When exposed to soil, even small cuts can turn into a hand infection.
  2. Rotate tasks: Repetitive motions such as digging, raking, trimming, pruning or planting can cause skin, tendon or nerve irritation. Rotate tasks every 15 minutes and take brief rests between so the same muscles are not used over and over again.
  3. Use tools: Do not use your hands to to dig. Sharp objects and debris in the soil can cut or puncture the hand. Use a hand shovel or a rake.
  4. Check your posture: Keep your wrist in a relaxed or neutral position when using tools as opposed to bent. This keeps grip strength at its maximum and requires less pressure to control the tool.
  5. Use caution when climbing a ladder: Always have someone holding the ladder as you climb, and make sure the ladder is on even ground. If pruning needs to be performed higher up on a tree, consider hiring a service.

Learn more about gardening safety, including when to visit the emergency room, at www.handcare.org.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Hand Nerves Wrist

Carpal Tunnel and Migraines

Could your splitting migraine possibly be related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Check out the latest ASSH Facebook post about recent findings that link the two.


Learn more about the link between #carpaltunnel and #migraines that member Douglas M. Sammers, MD, FACS and a team of other plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center found. http://bit.ly/1bLhomM

Posted by American Society for Surgery of the Hand on Monday, April 27, 2015

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Anatomy Muscles Shoulder

Anatomy 101: Shoulder Muscles

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What gives you the ability to throw a ball or reach for the top shelf? Shoulder muscles. Brush up on your anatomy knowledge with the interactive anatomy tool on www.handcare.org and learn about the muscles of the shoulder.

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