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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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Hand Pain from Biking

Biking is a great way to get outside and get some exercise. As with all activities, there is a risk for injury. Injuries have different causes such as trauma or overuse. The hand is no exception to overuse with an activity such as biking. The hand contains two nerves, the median and ulnar nerve, that control …

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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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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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The Beginner’s Guide to Boxing Wraps

Boxing a great cardiovascular workout — you can also burn up to 900 calories in just 30 minutes of intense boxing, turning you into a fat-burning, muscle-gaining machine. And it also happens to be a fantastic stress-relieving workout. There’s just something so therapeutic about punching something to release pent-up aggression Before you jump into the ring with just …

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Tips and stretches to reduce wrist and shoulder pain when working out

Whether it’s a shooting pain or a dull ache, wrist and shoulder discomfort is a common complaint among my clients. Pain in these areas can present itself in a variety of ways: In a plank position, you may feel a pulling on your wrists or tightness in your shoulders. While lifting dumbbells, you may feel a …

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Wearing gloves can actually increase your risk of catching coronavirus

As see in the New York Post. A UK doctor is warning those stockpiling gloves amid the coronavirus outbreak that wearing them can increase the risk of catching the deadly bug, according to report. Dr. Simran Deo said that gloves can collect germs on the surface from infected people who cough or sneeze on them, the Mirror reported. …

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Is Your Desk Job Giving You Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you’re reading this at work, you are probably worried that something you’re doing right now is slowly killing you. The accumulated years of slouched spinal posture, squinting at a screen and sitting (“the new smoking”) are sources of health paranoia for the 80 percent of the workforce whose jobs do not regularly require physical activity. And then …

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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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