Author: Anna Woodward
Searching for any new doctor can be a pain, but finding a specialist such as a hand surgeon can be even more difficult. Here are some tips to help you find the right one.
Finding a hand surgeon is much like searching for any medical specialist. You’ll have to ask around, spread the word that you’re on the prowl for a good surgeon, and possibly meet with a few duds along the way. While the process can be frustrating, there are many different things you can do to help you find the best one for your particular …
Do you suspect the pain you are experiencing is really arthritis in your hands? Do you know the symptoms that are most commonly associated with arthritis of the hand? Discussing some of your symptoms with a doctor to determine whether or not hand surgery is the right treatment for your arthritis of the hands.
Having arthritis in your hand is a very common problem for many people, especially as people age. But, you cannot know whether or not you have arthritis until you see a doctor. So, making an appointment with …
What is a Ganglion Cyst?
A ganglion is the most common mass that develops in the hand. Ganglion cysts are benign lesions. No cases of associated malignancy have been reported. A ganglion can be described simply as a fluid-filled sac arising from an adjacent joint capsule or tendon sheath. A ganglion can form from almost any joint or tendon sheath in the wrist and hand. Your Indiana Hand Center physician will review this with you during your appointment.
What are the Causes?
The exact cause of ganglions remains uncertain. The most popular theory is that ganglions form after trauma or …
What’s The Best Way To Treat Osteoarthritis Of The Hand? Do The Europeans Know Something We Don’t?
By Nathan Wei
Symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand affects 20% of those people older than 55 years and has the potential for significantly affecting activities of daily living. Interference with grip and fine precision pinch and dissatisfaction with cosmetic appearance are major concerns.
Current evidence for the management of hand OA is currently based on either expert opinion or what appears to be effective for OA affecting other joints. However, the small size and accessibility of hand joints allow a different range …
What is Arthritis at the Base of the Thumb?
Any condition that irritates or destroys a joint is referred to as arthritis. Over 100 types of arthritis afflict the human body. By far, the most common form is osteoarthritis; or, as it is sometimes known, degenerative joint disease. In a normal joint, cartilage covers the ends of articulating bones and permits their smooth, painless movement against one another. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage layer wears out, permitting bone to make contact against bone. As this process proceeds to destroy the joint, the signs and symptoms of arthritis develop.
The basilar joint, …
Hand pain is one of the most common afflictions seen in a rheumatologist’s office. The diagnosis is often difficult to make because there are so many conditions that can cause pain in the hand.
Pain is a symptom – much like fever is – and it is not a diagnosis. Establishing the underlying cause of hand pain is important because some conditions that account for hand pain can lead to loss of normal function.
Here are a few of the common causes:
Arthritis at the base of the thumb
This occurs when the joint between the wrist and the base …