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6 Signs of an Elbow Fracture

Our elbows are vital to some of the daily tasks we perform, including things like washing your face, picking up objects, or anything that requires you to turn your palm up or down. Each year, many people suffer from an elbow fracture, which is another term for a broken elbow. Elbow fractures can result from a …

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What are my surgery precautions and why do I have to follow them?

You just completed your visit with your physician. He/she has likely given you a list of dos and don’ts after your injury or surgery. How important is it to follow these rules?  What could happen if these precautions are not followed?  What are the long-term effects of doing too much of a good thing or …

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10 Causes of Stiff Fingers

Hand surgeon Thomas R. Boyce, MD discusses why your fingers may be stiff and how to treat them. Stiff fingers can be very troublesome.  Your hands and fingers are vital tools with which you interact with the world.  Without normal use of your hands and fingers, activities including household tasks, work, hobbies, and sports all …

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Have a Carpal Boss?

Here’s what you need to know about the bony protrusion on your hand What is that bony lump on the back of your hand? Meet your carpal boss. Like your 9-to-5 boss, a carpal boss can be annoying. (But it probably won’t cause the same level of pain and suffering.) “A carpal boss occurs on …

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How Sleep Positions Affect Your Hands

Sometimes we can do a great job taking care of ourselves during the day, but our sleep positions can undo all our hard work. Many of the problems that hand therapists treat, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, arthritis, or even tendonitis can be exacerbated by pressure while we are sleeping. This …

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Stiff Hands? Move It or Lose It

Stiff hands can interfere with quality of life, whether it creates just a mild annoyance or a severe limitation. Treatment depends on the cause; stiffness can originate with injury, arthritis, tendonitis, or a variety of other causes. A hand surgeon can help determine the underlying problem and implement an appropriate treatment plan that may involve home exercises, hand …

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Gout: Disease of the Kings

Hand surgeon John M. Erickson, MD answers your questions about the disease called Gout. Gout is a common type of inflammatory arthritis typically presenting with a red, hot, swollen, extremely painful joint. Gout frequently affects joints in the big toe, ankle or knee but can happen elsewhere. Gout can also involve the fingers, wrist and elbow. …

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