Archive for category: Hand and Wrist

Basal Joint Arthritis

  The basal joint is the joint at the base of the thumb also known as the CMC (carpometacarpal) joint. This is one of the most important joints in our body as it gives the ability for the thumb to oppose to the other digits. Some opposition is what separates us from the animals. Because […]

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Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Once the decision has been made to have carpal tunnel surgery, there are generally two methods the surgey can be performed. There is the standard open approach or endoscopic. The open technique is used most often by surgeons and involves making an incision at the base of the palm about an inch long. The ligament […]

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Award Winning Research on Tendon Repairs

Categories:Blog, Hand and Wrist

Research performed at Maimonides Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery recently won an award for best basic science research at the at the Brooklyn and Long Island chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Brooklyn Surgical Society. This groundbreaking research evaluated the use of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) added to a collagen scaffold […]

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Trigger Finger

So you been diagnosed with the trigger finger, now what…..   When patients first notice a trigger finger, they’re usually very concerned. Trigger finger causes a snapping, and sometimes pain, in the hand, and often leads to decreased movement in the finger. Most people think that this is a very uncommon condition. The truth is […]

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Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are extremely common conditions that occur about the hand and wrist. They can be found on nearly every part of the hand and wrist. They can be large or small, are usually painless, but sometimes they can cause problems.  Because the cysts may be painless, people may wait long periods of time before […]

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So you’re about to have carpal tunnel surgery…. What to expect

The most important thing to have before undertaking carpal tunnel surgery or any surgery is the proper expectations. Your doctor should have explained to you that carpal tunnel surgery, while successful in alleviating many or most of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, cannot guarantee a complete recovery. The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Sleep

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center recently completed a study evaluating the impact of carpal tunnel syndrome on sleep quality and duration. This study was presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand as well as to the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand.   The critical relationship […]

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Text Text Text

Do you over-text?   Will your thumb, hand, arm and neck suffer due to the “must send” messages that you type on the tiny keypad of your phone daily?    Orthopaedic hand surgeon David Edelstein claims that avid texting may cause pain not only to your thumbs, but also to your hand, arm and neck. Because of […]

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