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How to Ease Thumb and Wrist Pain for New Mothers

New moms can be particularly prone to developing a condition called De Quervain’s tendinosis, also known as mother’s thumb. The condition occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb become inflamed, irritated, or constricted.  Causes Pregnancy — and specifically the extra weight, fluid retention, and hormonal changes in brings — can make women…

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Know the Signs and Dangers of Frostbite

We all know it’s important to wear adequate clothing and avoid spending too much time outdoors on particularly cold Michigan days. But fewer people understand just how damaging frostbite of the hands can be.  Frostbite in the hands can be mild to severe and requires treatment, sometimes including hospitalization. When the injury is significant enough,…

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Why Are My Hands Always Cold?

It’s not unusual for our heads, hands, and feet to feel especially cold when outdoor temperatures drop. But it’s another issue to have cold, painful hands even in mild weather or with little exposure to the cold. The symptoms of cold hand diseases should be treated by a specialist since if left untreated they can…

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Common Golf Injuries of the Hand and Wrist and How to Avoid Them

The golf swing is a complex, coordinated series of motions that can result in hand, wrist, and elbow injuries in golfers of all skill levels. Injuries can result from poor technique, overuse, or from a single direct blow, like hitting a tree root. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand suggests these ways to…

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What Can Hand Therapy Do For Me?

Some painful conditions of the hands, elbows, arms, and shoulders are best treated by surgery followed by postoperative therapy. Therapy helps ensure that the patient realizes all the benefits of the surgery and gets back to improved functionality as soon as possible.  What is a Hand Therapist? Certified hand therapists are either occupational or physical…

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What is a Boutonniere Deformity?

A boutonniere deformity occurs as a result of the disruption, or tear, of the extensor tendon found at the top of the finger, known as the ‘center slip.’ This disruption keeps the middle joint of the finger (known as the PIP joint) from straightening, and causes the end joint of the finger, known as the…

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Tips to Protect your Hands at Work

Our hands are indispensable to our daily lives, critical to just about every task we undertake. That’s why it’s so important to treat them with the care they deserve. In fact, 20 percent of disabling workplace injuries involve the hands, including burns, cuts, fractures, dermatitis, poisoning, nerve damage and amputation. The specific tasks you undertake, whether on…

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MSA Surgeons Offer Muscle Reinnervation Procedure For Amputees

Muskegon Surgical Associates is one of only two practices in the state of Michigan that offers a procedure that can reduce phantom limb pain and improve quality of life for amputees. What is TMR? Targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) takes nerves that are cut during amputation and reroutes them to surrounding muscle. Originally, TMR was developed…

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Proper Desk Ergonomics

How to Create an Ergonomic Workstation If you’re like many Americans, you spend a lot of time at a desk, in front of a computer. So much desk-work can lead to musculoskeletal problems including carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, there are ways to rearrange your workstation to help prevent the aches and pains that can come…

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What is Hand Therapy?

A common misconception of hand therapy is that treatment only works on the hands. On the contrary, hand therapy allows a certified hand therapist to provide care for the shoulders, arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, or hands. These specialists can treat post-operate conditions or chronic injuries such as tennis elbow or arthritis. MSA’s Hand Center is…

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