“Saturday at night palsy” is generally used to refer to a nerve compression that happens to people when they fall asleep inebriated or intoxicated on their arm. They wake up in the morning with numbness and weakness of the hand and wrist. This results from pressure on the nerves in the arm pushing against the solid surface. The condition usually involves the radial nerve that runs right along the humerus, which is the large upper bone in the arm.
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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.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs on the outside part of the elbow. Although described in tennis players who obtain this condition from a poor backhand stroke, the vast majority of people who suffer from tennis elbow do not play and may have never played tennis. The problem arises from overuse of the arm. It can happen with any sport and even those who don’t participate in any sports.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a surgeon to look inside a joint by using small incisions (portals) and instruments the width of a pencil. Most people are aware of knee and shoulder arthroscopy, but the elbow joint has many conditions that can be treated with arthroscopy as well. The elbow is the joint that connects the upper arm bone and the forearm bones. Because the incisions used with elbow arthroscopy are smaller and disrupt less soft tissue than conventional open surgery, pain, swelling and stiffness are minimized and recovery is often faster.
Fluoroscopy using a low radiation dose mini C-arm has many advantages. Manipulating and positioning the injured arm in order to obtain the necessary images is easier. It is more efficient and safer than traditional X-rays since it uses less radiation, and now researchers at Maimonides Medical Center have shown that fluoroscopy is better at diagnosing ligament injuries in the wrist compared to traditional x-rays.
How Do We Prevent Back Pain?
Exercise, by walking, swimming, jogging, biking, or even gardening, at least 30 minutes each day. Maintain a good posture when walking, sitting, and even when sleeping. Don’t slouch – sit in a balanced and neutral position to avoid straining your spine.
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.
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