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Broken Hand

A broken hand is a common but painful injury that involves cracking or breaking a bone within the hand. This type of injury typically occurs to those trying to brace themselves from a fall, those who participate in sports, or from any number of everyday accidents. A broken hand requires immediate medical attention to ensure that the bones heal properly and full mobility can be restored.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome typically presents with symptoms including hand pain or numbness, usually caused by the compression of nerves in the wrist. Inflammation of the tissues that surround the median nerve causes pain that can have adverse effects on daily life.

If nonsurgical treatment is ineffective, Carpal tunnel release surgery may be necessary. During this procedure a surgeon will severe the tissue creating the pressure, thus relieving it. It involves releasing the ligaments around the wrist in order to relieve pressure on the median nerve. This can usually be done on an outpatient basis. Even advanced cases are fully treatable.

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De Quervain

De Quervain’s Syndrome (also known as De Quervain’stenosynovitis/tendinosis/syndrome) is a form of tendinitis that is brought on by irritation or inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb. As time goes on these tendons can swell and become enlarged due to this irritation and makes movement of the hand painful.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition associated with arthritis that can cause a sufficient amount of long term pain in the joints and tissues of the body. Health conditions like obesity can trigger a greater burst of fibromyalgia. The condition is known to most often effect women between the ages of 20 and 50.

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Shoulder Joint Replacement

The shoulder has more range of motion than any other joint, making it more prone to instability. You may experience severe shoulder pain while performing everyday activities or even feel pain while the shoulder is resting. If your shoulder is weak and less mobile, you may try anti-inflammatory medications, injection, and physical therapy and feel as though you may never have the relief you crave. Fortunately, the damaged areas of your shoulder can be removed and replaced with prosthesis so you can get back to living a normal life.

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Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts are small lumps or masses that most typically appear on the back of the hand near the wrists. Usually, ganglion cysts are painless unless they are pressing on the surrounding nerves. Surgery is a common form of treatment for cysts that have become unsightly or painful to sufferers.

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Trigger Finger

Stenosing tenosynovitis, more commonly referred to as trigger finger, is when a finger or thumb is stuck in a bent position and then straightens with a pop, like a trigger being pulled back and released. If trigger finger is severe enough, the finger may become locked in a bent position.

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Wrist Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory joint disorder which is characterized by progressive deterioration as the smooth cartilage which provides cushioning between the joints wears away. The two most common types affecting the hand and wrist are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A doctor can diagnose arthritis by examining the joints and soft tissues and determine whether the cause is from trauma or if it is inherited and caused by environmental factors.

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Wrist Ganglion

A ganglion is a noncancerous tumor or swelling on the top of a joint due to fluid leaking out of the joint. The size of the cyst can vary over time and can be found anywhere on the hand but are most commonly located on top of the hand by the thumb or on the thumb side of the wrist. Although not dangerous to a person’s health, the growth needs to be checked out by a doctor because it could be: lipoma or a giant cell tumor, an infection, a bone spur, or the symptom of another condition.

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