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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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Small Joint Replacement

If you have arthritis in the small joints of the fingers, you may not think there’s anything that can be done for you to help with the pain and disability you are experiencing in your hands. In fact, some of you may have already had a consultation with a doctor, and they have told you…

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What Causes Arthritis Flare-ups in Your Hands?

It’s common for those with arthritis to report a connection between their symptoms and the weather. While results vary across the board, typically, people find their arthritis gets worse as the temperature drops and the air gets colder. However, the science is inconclusive on how exactly joint stiffness and pain relates to the weather. Osteoarthritis…

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Tendonitis Troubles and Treatments

Wrist or hand tendonitis can make the simplest day-to-day tasks much more difficult. The condition can arise from an injury or any repetitive motion. When tendons rub too hard against the bone, the inflammation can result in stiffness and pain. Learn the roots and remedies of tendonitis in the wrist. What Causes Tendonitis? Normally, tendons…

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Tips to Help with Arthritis Pain

Is arthritis pain getting in the way of day to day activities or hobbies you once loved? We understand how disheartening that can be, but there are things you can do to help relieve arthritis pain and get you back to the lifestyle you enjoy. Here are some tips to help with pain of arthritis:…

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