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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (Part 2) – Splinting

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful tendonitis on the thumb side of your wrist. This inflammation causes the lining (sheath) around the tendon to thicken and become rough, making it difficult for the tendons to glide through the sheath as they move your thumb. Some of the associated symptoms may include: May have swelling near…

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Ulnar Wrist Pain

Pain or discomfort located on the small-finger side of the wrist is commonly categorized as ulnar wrist pain. It is named after a bone in the forearm, the ulna, which runs from the elbow down to the wrist bones. There are many mechanisms or causes of ulnar wrist pain. Injuries may occur suddenly, as with a sprain…

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Tennis Elbow (Part 2) – Splinting

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. Symptoms usually develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks or months. At…

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What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a permanent dysfunction of the lymphatic system that results in chronic swelling, or a build-up of fluid in an affected area. This swelling can affect the arms, legs, trunk, neck, and/or head. Lymphedema does not necessarily result from an injury or surgery, like traditional swelling. Lymphedema has different qualities than regular injury swelling…

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve as it passes through the inside of the elbow, an area often referred to as the “funny bone.” At this site, the ulnar nerve lies next to the bone, with little padding over it, and is susceptible to pressure. CAUSES Overuse: Repetitive bending of…

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tennis elbow

Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Causes

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Symptoms of tennis elbow? Symptoms develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks…

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carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels through a narrow passageway in the wrist, which is formed by wrist bones on the bottom and a band of connective tissue on the top. Typical Causes:    Repetitive gripping over a sustained period. Swelling after…

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Syndrome is a painful tendonitis on the thumb side of your wrist. This inflammation causes the lining (sheath) around the tendon to thicken and become rough, making it difficult for the tendons to glide through the sheath as they move your thumb. CAUSES Repetitive thumb or wrist use. Can happen with chronic overuse…

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mallet finger

Mallet Finger AKA Baseball Finger

A mallet finger is an injury that happens after forceful bending of the joint nearest the fingernail, such as when an object strikes the end of the finger.  This results in tearing or overstretching of the tendon that straightens the finger. Occasionally, a small piece of bone breaks off as well; this is called an…

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