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Wrist Injury

How to Know if You Have a Sprained Wrist

The wrist is often injured, and there are many different types of injuries you could sustain including a sprained wrist, wrist fracture, ligament tear, etc. Most often, a sprained wrist takes place because of a fall or sudden twisting motion of the wrist. It can sometimes be hard to tell how severe your wrist injury is because many …

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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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How Do Broken Bones Heal?

Have you ever wondered how broken bones heal? Broken bones, also called fractures, can heal two different ways.  The two types of bone healing are primary and secondary bone healing.  Secondary bone healing is more common than primary bone healing. Secondary bone healing occurs when there is slight, controlled motion between the two ends of …

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Treating a Distal Radius Fracture With Hand Therapy

Distal radius fractures are a common injury, caused mainly by falling onto the hand. The most common type of distal radius fracture is a ‘colle’s’ fracture, where the fracture fragment can displace dorsally. Scenario: Max was snowboarding when he fell onto an outstretched hand and sustained an undisplaced distal radius fracture. A simple undisplaced fracture …

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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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What is Mommy’s Wrist?

Hand surgeon John M. Erickson, MD explains the phenomenon called “mommy’s wrist.” “Mommy’s wrist” or “mommy’s thumb” is a condition that is officially called de Quervain’s tenosynovitis (or tendonitis). This is a type of tendonitis in the wrist whose nickname comes from the fact that the condition is common in caregivers of young children. The …

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5 Tips for Exercising With(out) Wrist Pain

We all know the health benefits of regular exercise. Many fitness workouts involve putting pressure on your wrists. You may have noticed some discomfort while lifting weights or during yoga poses that require you to put weight on your hands. Here are some tips to make sure you are not straining your wrists while staying …

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Are you at risk of “selfie wrist”?

Are you at risk of ‘selfie wrist’? Doctor warns scores more patients have numbness and tingling caused by twisting to get the perfect shot Dr Levi Harrison, an orthopedic surgeon based in San Francisco, says he is seeing a rise in patients developing ‘selfie wrist’ He describes the condition as a form of carpal tunnel …

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