Swan Neck Deformity
Interestingly, Swan Neck deformity has nothing to do with swans or necks. It is a malformation of the finger where the DIP (or Distal Interphalangeal) joint is bent towards the palm (hyperflexed), and the PIP (or Proximal Interphalangeal) joint is bent away from the palm (hyperextended). The result is a bent finger that resembles a swan’s neck, hence the name swan neck deformity.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD, is a condition that produces burning pain, discoloration of the affected area, stiffness, sweating and swelling. If not treated, it can result in chronic stiffness or loss of use of the affected area.
Limited Range of Motion
You’ve likely dealt with limited range of motion at some point in your life. It means that a joint or body part cannot move through its normal range of motion, the flexion, or how far it can be bent, and the extension, how far it can be stretched. Your joints are where bones come together, or join. Joints hold the bones together and allow for movement. They are made up of several working parts and can be very complex. So when you experience a limited range of motion, you should contact your health care provider
I can feel it In My Bones
When you were growing up, did you hear things like, “Don’t crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.” Or “I swear the weather’s changing. I can feel it in my bones because of my arthritis.” There is some truth to the latter sentence, but the first one is simply a wives tale. Arthritis is not caused by cracking your knuckles, but some people with the diagnosis can feel when the weather changes, because of the effects it has on the joints, like swelling or stiffness.
The Light At the End of the Cubital Tunnel
Do you suffer from Cubital Tunnel? Today’s article is to give you hope, that there is a light at the end of all this suffering!
The Evolution of the Trigger Finger
First of all…what in the world is Trigger Finger? It isn’t just for the gun enthusiast! Trigger finger is when one of your fingers becomes stuck in a bent position. It isn’t something that just happens overnight.
How Wrist Pain Can Predict Your Future
I’m sure you have never thought about this before but wrist pain really can predict your future! In fact, without even knowing you, I can predict your future if you have wrist pain. Don’t believe me? Check this out!
There are only a few times when it’s okay to hear popping, clicking and cracking…mostly when you are eating a bowl of Rice Krispies! If your joints are popping and cracking, clicking when you walk, you might have a problem! Probably not a serious one but still…leave the popping sounds for your morning cereal and ask a doctor ‘What’s up?’
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Sounds complex! It’s pretty easy to understand, especially if you have it because who doesn’t understand pain? Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a chronic condition that affects your limbs; arms, legs, hands and feet. It’s a condition that is more common in women and people over the age of 40, however, it can also strike your teenager!
If Your Hands Could Talk
So, the other day, I was in a hospital cafeteria filling up my daily allotment of carbonated, caffeinated, get me through the morning, mug of soda. An old friend saw me and came by to say hi. We stood around chit chatting for a few minutes and the conversation became more involved. And by more involved, I mean, I had to find a counter to put my soda down so I could actually talk to her…with my hands! I didn’t realize how much I speak with my hands to get thoughts from my crowded head…into theirs!
De Quervain…Say WHAT?
It’s a word that one can scarcely pronounce let alone wonder if they have the condition.
De Quervain, pronounced dih-kwer-VAINS, is a painful condition in the tendons at the base of the thumb and side of the wrist. It is also known as De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. It is unusual to wonder if you have this condition, the pain will be clear and will get you into the doctor sooner than later. If you have De Quervain’s, you will notice discomfort in turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.
10 Things you can do to kick Osteoarthritis to the curb
Earlier in the week, we had the depressing chat about all the ways Osteoarthritis can change our life, and we’re not talking for the better! Any arthritis is a tough challenge to live through because of the ever present pain.
Just because you live with Osteoarthritis, doesn’t mean it has to get the best of you. Here are 10 things you can start doing (after you check with your doctor) to kick Osteoarthritis to the curb or at least calm down the symptoms and pain.
10 Things you don’t want to hear about Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common of the arthralgia’s. It affects millions of people and is also known as the wear and tear arthritis and here’s why:
5 Myths about Arthritis
Arthritis is a hot topic these days and the World Wide Web is not short on information regarding all types of arthritis and the many things that can go wrong. It’s hard to weed out what is accurate and what is just plain crazy talk!
Movement and Joint Pain
Almost all of us are well acquainted with pain. Joint Pain .. if it isn’t something you have experienced yet, that day may eventually come. Joint pain is a familiar friend, or should we say foe to anyone...
Bone Density and Wrist Fractures
Bone density seems to be that thing we only think about when we hit 50 and menopause and usually, it’s the doctor that has to breach the subject. As women, we love to live in denial!
Did you know that not all pain was created equal? There are all kinds of pain but one thing we don’t need to tell you is how much pain is…well…such a pain! It can change the quality of our life faster than anything.
Chronic Stress versus Just Stress
Anymore, stress is just part of daily life. We come to expect it, count on it and even plan for it. Stress can happen just because it’s a Monday!
Ganglion Cysts. You may have heard of them before and along with it, probably came some folklore about the somewhat primitive, even brutal rumors that doctors would hold your hand down and smash the cyst with a large, heavy book!
100 Types of Arthritis
It’s likely, that if you hear someone mention the word Arthritis, you immediately think of Rheumatoid or possibly Osteoarthritis, two of the most common arthralgia.
Numbness and Tingling
You just crammed to finish typing that 25 page report for your boss and it hits…
While we are on the topic of hands, Dupuytren’s Disease- Is an abnormal thickening of the tissue in the palm. It involves the fascia, not the tendons. Sometimes, it can pull your fingers in towards your palm...
6 Common Hand Conditions
There are 6 common hand conditions I bet you didn’t know about...
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel can strike if you are one to do repetitive motions with your hands and wrists. It starts as a numbness and tingling in your thumb and index finger but from there can escalate to loss of grip and other complications. Come in and see us for some help with early intervention.
Jersey finger: An injury to the tendons that prevents one from making a fist.
The second mishap of the fingers is Mallet finger: An injury that prevents the finger from straightening.
Let's get back to keeping our fingers happy...Trigger finger: When inflammation and swelling occurs in the tendons of the fingers from overuse and sometimes arthritis. If you think you have trigger finger, come in and let us take a look.