What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

cubital tunnel syndrome

You likely have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, especially if you have felt the pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in your thumb, first and middle fingers. You may not be as familiar with its cousin, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which causes the same host of symptoms, but in your ring and little fingers. So what is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome?

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Do I Need to See a Hand Therapist?

Hand Therapist

Do you need to get a grip, literally? If you are recovering from a thumb injury or a broken finger or have trouble gripping, pinching or grasping due to arthritis; this lack of mobility and pain can interfere with your everyday activities. You may be asking yourself, “do I need to see a hand therapist?”.

Most of us are familiar …

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What Can Help My Arthritis? Fact and Fiction

what can help arthritis

Cold weather helps my arthritis. When I eat raisins soaked in gin, I feel better. Slurping a sip of cider vinegar helps with my pain. If you suffer from arthritis, no doubt you’ve heard some of these statements. As with many conditions, searching for successful ways to deal with arthritis through mainstream and alternative methods is very common. If you’re …

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Is Plantar Fasciitis More Common in the Summer?

Plantar fasciitis and summer

The weather is warm. The flowers are blooming. Your outdoor activities have increased. And, ouch, the bottom of your foot really hurts! That pain could be Plantar Fasciitis  – inflammation and stress of the plantar fascia.(The ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your toes and heel bone.) Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of the most …

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I can’t straighten my fingers – Dupuytren’s

Dupuytrens Contracture stuck fingers

What is Dupuytren’s

Suffering from stiff and painful fingers that don’t move the way you want them to is a common complaint. If you find yourself saying, I can’t straighten my fingers – Dupuytren’s (dew-pa-trans) Contracture may be the cause.  This condition causes your ring and little finger to curl in towards your palm and the tissues under your skin …

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How Will Your Doctor Know If You Have Thumb Arthritis?

CMC Thumb Arthritis

Although small, our thumbs are mighty. The remarkable mechanics of our thumbs allow us to use our fine motor skills—including pinching, snapping and grasping. That is why a painful thumb that keeps us from being able to write or grab a handle is no laughing matter. If your thumb is stiff, swollen or painful, and your grip feels weak, your …

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Is There Such a Thing as Being Double Jointed ?

is there such a thing as being double jointed

Double-jointed (adj.): having unusually flexible joints, usually in the hand, arms, and legs.

We’ve all seen it—the boy on the playground who can bend his thumb back until it touches his forearm or the girl who can straighten her arm until her elbow bows out and it looks like it’s been dislocated. Despite how it looks, is there such a …

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3 Steps to Help Get Rid of Your Scars

Scar RX Kit

A burn, an injury or surgery– they can all cause your skin to scar. If your scar is large in size or is in a place that you can’t easily hide it, you may be looking for answers on how to make it less noticeable or better yet go away completely.  The answers may be a little complicated.  Unfortunately, scars don’t …

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Will a Cortisone Shot Help My Plantar Fasciitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Cortisone Shot for plantar fasciitis or carpal tunnel syndrome

“Please, just give me a shot” is a common plea of patients to their healthcare provider. For people suffering with arthritis, tendinitis, or another form of joint inflammation, a cortisone shot can quickly reduce and even eliminate pain. But, will a cortisone shot help foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis or wrist and arm pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?

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5 Common Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

5 common signs of carpal tunnel syndrome

Activities and sports requiring the same motion over and over again, such as swinging a tennis racket or typing on a keyboard, can create stress on your wrists, hands, and fingers. These repetitive activities can irritate your nerves and tendons resulting in pain, swelling, and loss of muscle strength. Those symptoms together are called Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs), and one …

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