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Dupuytren’s Contracture

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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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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What is a Custom Orthosis?

After an injury, surgery, or onset of certain conditions, your doctor may ask you to see a hand therapist.  Your prescription for therapy might include the need for a custom orthosis, commonly referred to as a brace or splint.  A custom orthosis is a device that is molded to and worn on a specific body …

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Women with Dupuytren Disease

A traditional Dupuytren narrative is that Dupuytren disease is primarily a painless nuisance problem of bent fingers in old men. This perception does a disservice to many. Not only is Dupuytren common in women, it may also present a unique burden to women. Updating the traditional narrative is central to raising awareness about Dupuytren. Overall, …

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A Guide to Returning to Yoga After a Wrist Injury

Yoga is demanding on the wrist as it requires a lot of weight-bearing, flexibility and strength. Here is a guide to returning to yoga after suffering a wrist injury. Returning to sports after a wrist injury can be a challenge. Yoga is demanding on the wrist as it requires a lot of weight-bearing, flexibility and …

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Do You Have Hand Pain Whilst Playing Video Games?

Do you experience hand pain whilst playing video games? Repetitve injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis may be the reason. Here’s what you can do to help. Playing video games for many hours can place an enormous amount of stress on your muscles and joints which can lead to multiple types of …

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Treating Dupuytren’s Contracture With Hand Therapy

Dupuytren’s Contracture Scenario: Martin is 50 years old and started to develop a lump and cordlike structure in the palm of his hand, that is pulling his ring finger into a bent position. He is having trouble putting on gloves, washing his face and getting his hand in his pocket. What Is Dupuytren’s Contracture? Dupuytren’s is …

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