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The Jarring Truth on Netball Fingers

Netball is one of the most popular women’s participation sports in South Africa. Finger and thumb injuries are amongst the most common problems experienced by netball players. Quite often I hear netballers say, ‘I just jarred my finger, it will be alright’. However, as a hand therapist, I know that this isn’t always the case. A jarred …

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Recovering From Surgery

Are you or someone you know, about to have or recovering from surgery?  Upper limb or hand surgery can be daunting.  This affects your use of the hand in work, sport, parenting, care taking, and leisure activities. Having worked on a busy surgical orthopaedic ward and in private practice, there is one commonality I often …

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I hurt my finger playing sport – when should I see a hand therapist?

Have you ever jarred your finger playing basketball? Got it caught in a guernsey? Knocked it in a guernsey? These injuries can STING and make it hard to tell what level of care you need. Sometimes, a little bit of first aid – ice, compression, rest, tape – is enough. Other times, these injuries need …

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Pregnancy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: why the two go hand in hand?

If you’re currently pregnant or have been pregnant before, there’s a chance that you have experienced symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome such as tingling, pins and needles, and numbness of one or both of your hands. Based on a study from 2015, 31-62% of pregnant women had carpal tunnel syndrome compared to the general population where carpal …

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Fun facts about your hands

What do your hands say about you? Hands come in many shapes and sizes, and are unique to everyone. Whilst some people may try to learn more from their hands from palm reading and checking their ‘marriage lines’, you can learn more about the anatomy of your hand with some simple tests. For example, did …

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5 Fireworks Tips from a Hand Surgeon

Fireworks are a fascinating and fun part of holiday celebrations throughout the country. Unfortunately, this popular tradition is also associated with injuries that are all too common among both adults and children. Each year, it is estimated that over 10,000 fireworks-related injuries occur in the United States and at least 40% of these injuries involve the …

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Heat and Cold Treatment: When to Heat or Ice an Injury

Hand surgeon Amar A. Patel, MD answers your questions about heat treatment and cold treatment and which one to use for your injury. Heat packs or cold packs? This is a question that doctors and therapists often get from patients.  Both heat treatments and cold treatments are inexpensive and extremely effective modalities that can help speed up …

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How to Know if You Have a Sprained Wrist

The wrist is often injured, and there are many different types of injuries you could sustain including a sprained wrist, wrist fracture, ligament tear, etc. Most often, a sprained wrist takes place because of a fall or sudden twisting motion of the wrist. It can sometimes be hard to tell how severe your wrist injury is because many …

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