You may not be familiar with Dupuytren’s Contracture, yet over 10 million Americans are afflicted with it. This condition is a genetic illness in which your ring finger is bent toward the palm of your hand. Sometimes other fingers are affected as well. It limits the range of motion for the affected finger(s). Here are five interesting facts about this condition. (more…)
For those who work in an office setting, spending most of their workday at a computer, carpal tunnel syndrome is a real possibility. There are ways to help prevent carpal tunnel problems like correct posture and an ergonomic workspace, regular breaks from the keyboard with proper stretches. If you’ve already been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, there are things you can do to minimize discomfort and progression. (more…)
When was the last time you thought about how important your hands are to everyday living? From the very beginning of life, your hands have been there, feeding you information, holding things for you, speaking for you and helping you with just about every aspect of your life. Most of us take hand health for granted until something happens. (more…)
This time of year, just about everyone’s diet plans fly out the window. During the holiday season, many special foods that are unavailable any other time of year make a long-awaited appearance. Sweets of all types are particularly plentiful now. These delicacies are very tempting, but if you have arthritis, they could also cause pain in your joints. (more…)
The belief that carpal tunnel mostly occurs for people who work with computers is widespread. While data entry workers see more than their share of this condition, analysts have found that it is three times more common among assemblers. Women are more likely to get it than men, possibly because the carpal tunnel in a women’s hand is smaller. (more…)
If you are experiencing a “pins and needles” sensation in your ring finger and little finger, have weakness in your hand and a loss of sensation or numbness in your hand along with pain in your forearm, you could be a victim of cubital tunnel syndrome. This condition involves the ulnar nerve. When you hit your “funny bone,” you are actually irritating not a bone, but the ulnar nerve.
The ulnar nerve runs along the inner side of the elbow. Your arm has three major nerves including the ulnar nerve. This nerve extends from your neck to your hand ending in your fingers. Any constriction of the nerve along this path can cause problems. When the compression occurs at the elbow it is called “cubital tunnel syndrome.” Here are three common causes of the condition. (more…)
Shortening of fibrous tissue can cause a decrease in the range of motion for muscles. This is the case with Dupuytren’s contracture. Most individuals who have this condition lose the mobility of their fourth and fifth fingers, or ring finger and little finger. It can also extend to the other fingers and sometimes the thumb can be affected.
Anatomy of Dupuytren’s Contracture
The palmer fascia is a tough fibrous layer of tissue in the palm of the hand. It is sandwiched between the skin of the palm and the underlying tendons. The tendons allow the fingers to flex. (more…)
Some professionals have been known to take out insurance policies on their hands because those are the tools of their trade and vital to their livelihood. Doctors, surgeons, dentists, musicians and artisans depend on healthy hands to do their work. We all use our hands for living without thinking how vital they are. Only if a finger gets hurt or broken, do we then realize how crucial is our hand health. (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving from our team at Sovereign Rehabilitation. We are Atlanta’s hand therapy specialists. We offer comprehensive treatment programs conditions affecting the upper-extremities, including rheumatoid arthritis.
As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, there are items you should consider adding to your menu to help your rheumatoid arthritis. Did you know that your diet does affect your condition? However, because rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of condition, it’s important to avoid foods that will worsen inflammation. Research is also finding that bacteria in your gut play a role in the development and progression of RA. (more…)
Georgia’s new distracted driving law prohibits motorists from physically holding their cell phones while driving. According to an article in the AJC, nearly 1,000 tickets and warnings were issued just 4 days after the Hands Free Georgia Law (HB673) went into effect. The best way to avoid getting caught and to follow the law is to get a phone mount to keep it out of your hands and unsupported by any part of your body. (more…)