Are you experiencing numbness and tingling from your elbow down to your small finger when using your cell phone for long periods of time? If you are, you may have a condition called cell phone elbow, medically known as cubital tunnel syndrome. This is the second most common nerve compression in the arm, after carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Our iPhones are designed for continuous use—the smooth, gliding screen and instant response create the optimal scrolling experience. However, seemingly effortless and innocuous actions such as scrolling, typing, pressing, and holding the phone can turn detrimental if repeated constantly. Awkward hand placement and overuse can lead to repetitive strain injury (RSI), negatively affecting the wrist, hand, and fingers.
A sprain in the wrist is an injury to its ligaments, the bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones to one another inside a joint. The wrist contains many joints that link 15 separate bones. The ligaments that connect these bones can be torn by a twisting, bending or sudden impact injury.
This type of procedure allows an orthopedic surgeon to visualize, diagnose, and treat any existing problems in a joint. An important tool known as the arthroscope, a miniscule telescope powered by a fiber optic light, facilitates the treatment of knee injuries, and has recently become beneficial in alleviating wrist conditions.
Our hands are among the most ingenious conceptions. They are complex, paradoxical mechanisms of precision and delicacy, brute force and surliness, creation and destruction. The intricate design in our joints that creates the capacity to make things happen is extremely fragile. With one wrong movement, Beethoven could’ve easily been on a road to joint pain.
Dupytren’s Contractures are extremely common but can cause debilitating loss of function. In the past extensive painful surgery has been needed to treat the condition but recently a new drug has been developed that can treat the condition with a simple injection and manipulation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. In effect, it is a pinched nerve at the wrist. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers. There is a space in the wrist called the carpal tunnel where the median nerve and nine tendons pass from the forearm into the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when pressure builds up from swelling in this tunnel and puts pressure on the nerve.
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 it is such a movable joint is prone to develop osteoarthritis even in younger people.
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 over the nerve is found and cut to relieve pressure on the nerve.
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