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Injuries

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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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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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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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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Answers to your questions about fingertip injuries

Hand surgeon Ryan Zimmerman, MD answers your questions about fingertip injuries. What are fingertips made of? Fingertips have several parts, all with special purposes.  At the core is the bone, called the distal phalanx, which provides support and shape to the end of the finger.  On the top and bottom of the bone are tendons that …

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5 common summer injuries and how to prevent them

We all love the warm summer weather and the fun activities that come with it, but the summer season is a peak time for many injuries. Here are some common summer injuries and how to prevent them: Wrist sprains: Falls are extremely common during the summer. Many activities such as skateboarding, rollerblading, bike riding or …

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Tech-Related Hand Pain | Q&A

Dr. Steven H. Goldberg answers your questions about Tech-Related Hand Pain, symptoms and myths related to common activities such as texting, typing and playing video games and whether they cause hand pain. Article Reference: ASSH | Handcare If you need help with any of the below, feel free to contact me or book an appointment. …

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