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Complex Chronic Pain Disorders

Contact me Book Appointment The pathophysiology of and approaches to 3 commonly seen pain conditions: CRPS, EDS, and SFN. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), and small fiber neuropathy (SFN) are three important and complex chronic pain disorders. They share a number of characteristics as described in Table I. Each of these conditions …

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Fibromyalgia

Hand surgeon Reid W. Draeger, MD answers your questions about fibromyalgia and how it may relate to the numbness in your hands. Article Reference: ASSH|Handcare What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches, pains, and tenderness all over the body. It is a long-term disorder that lasts for years or may even be lifelong. …

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Does Cold Weather Make Your Hands Hurt?

Millions of people suffer from joint pain when the weather starts turning cold and wet, and while combating this pain with medication is possible — relief is certainly short-term at best. Fortunately, whether pain in your hands is caused by injury or arthritis there are longer-term solutions that will help reduce the pain without ingesting …

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No pain, no gain??

FAQ!! After my injury, should I do my exercises if they are causing me pain? I will give my general answer first, then my more specific answer. You may fit into one or both depending on your injury and progress of healing. General Answer: Often when recovering from an injury or surgery, no… you should …

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10 Questions and Answers about Arthritis and Orthoses​

10 Questions and Answers about Arthritis and Orthoses Arthritis is a very common disorder that includes more than 100 different types of joint diseases and can affect people of all ages. We give you a short introduction to arthritis, how it is diagnosed and how orthoses can help people who suffer from this common yet often misunderstood joint disease. …

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Wrist Sprain – Signs and long term effects

Cinderella Pathology Wrist sprain is described as a Cinderella Pathology by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFFSH).  A Cinderella Pathology is a seemingly minor injury that has major consequences.  For example, a lost shoe leading to the loss of the love of your life. So, that’s the big problem with …

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CMC Osteoarthritis: pain at the base of the thumb

Do you experience pain at the base of your thumb when opening jars, turning keys, writing, etc. Are you worried that you are developing arthritis? Is there a role for hand therapy? What is it? Osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb is a degenerative condition, which may be associated with pain, stiffness, weakness and …

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The Peripheral Nerves: A Quick Assessment of Nerve Functioning or “Rock, Paper, Scissors!”

Here is a creative method to assess nerve functioning in the hand and some ideas for orthotic interventions. Using the universally known children’s game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, one can assess the nerve functioning of the three peripheral nerves of the upper extremity. 1) Median Nerve: Rock Position Muscles utilized in this position: Pronator Teres, Flexor …

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