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Trigger Finger: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

No matter what you do for a living, chances are that your hands are essential to your job. From busy contractors to food service professionals to office workers, most people use their hands all day, every day. And because you rely so much on your hands, if you’ve ever experienced any medical conditions causing hand pain, you know that hand pain can range from anywhere to distracting to debilitating.

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PHSC Physicians Present at AAOS Annual Meeting

Drs. A. Lee Osterman, Randall Culp, David Zelouf, Mark Rekant, Meredith Osterman, Rick Tosti, Adam Strohl and Matthew Wilson presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting recently held in Chicago. Dr. Meredith Osterman was the program chair for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand / American Association for Hand Surgery Specialty Day.

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What Is Mommy’s Wrist, and How Can It Be Treated?

As a new mother, you expected to be a bit sleep-deprived and sore in those first few weeks, but you never imagined that your wrists would start hurting. Why is this happening, and is there anything you can do to lessen the pain you feel in your thumb and wrist? You’re experiencing Mommy’s Wrist (or Mommy Thumb, as it is sometimes called), which is a condition mothers develop from repetitive awkward movements involved with picking up, holding, and nursing an infant.

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Wrist Pain: Is it Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

You rely on your hands to accomplish your tasks throughout the day. If you have wrist pain, you may struggle to focus on or complete the things you need to do. Shooting pain or tingling sensations in your fingers, hands, and wrists can be frustrating and scary. You may be wondering what is going on and if your wrist pain is caused by tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

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The Five Best (and Worst) Exercises for Your Rotator Cuff

The human body is a complex machine with many moving parts that work in unison to get us through our daily lives. One of the most integral components of this system is our rotator cuffs. The rotator cuff consists of a large group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, which allows our arms to perform various actions. Injuries to the rotator cuff can result in loss of motor function and require months of ongoing rehabilitation. There are exercises that you can do to help strengthen your rotator cuff muscles and lessen the chance of injury and some exercises that, if done incorrectly, can lead to an injury.  Read more “The Five Best (and Worst) Exercises for Your Rotator Cuff”

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Can Children Get Arthritis?

Kids care about having fun, learning, and making friends. However, pediatric arthritis causes pain and discomfort, making it challenging to even get up in the morning, let alone stay active. Unfortunately, nearly 300,000 American children have joint disease, and one-sixth of them suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), according to the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Your child can receive treatment and relief for arthritis at Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder, which serves clients at 17 offices throughout Philadelphia and South Jersey.

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What Does It Mean When Your Hand or Arm Falls Asleep While You’re Sleeping?

The tingling sensation in your hands and arms that happens after you first wake up from a long nap can prove disorienting. The inability to perform even the simplest of tasks until you get full feeling back in your extremities is a minor inconvenience, but what causes the sensation? Does the fact that your arm falls asleep more frequently than others mean that there is a larger issue at play? What is the actual cause of your arm falling asleep at night, and is there any way for you to stop it from happening?

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