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Create an Ergonomic Workstation and Alleviate Hand and Arm Pain

Ergonomics is the science concerned with designing and arranging a workspace that fits within the capabilities of the person working in it. A poor ergonomic work environment can cause repetitive strain to the hands and arms, which can lead to pain and discomfort.

Since every work environment is different, it’s important to design your own ergonomic workstation that allows you to complete all necessary daily tasks effectively and comfortably.

Here are a few ways you can relieve hand and arm pain while at work on a computer:

Use a Wrist Rest

Laying wrists on the sharp edges of a desk or a laptop when typing can cause a great deal of pressure on tendons, which could in turn lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. To alleviate stress on the wrists, use a soft wrist rest that will provide support and comfort.

Wrist Positioning

Bending the wrists or fingers up, down, or in an un-natural state when typing, will put strain on the hands and forearms. Make sure that wrists are always in a straight, 90-degree angle or slightly higher position at all times. Also, be cognizant of your mouse grip, making sure that fingers have a natural bend.

Object Placement

Objects that are used often – such as writing utensils, your telephone, and paperwork – should be placed close to your body in order to avoid excessive strain when reaching.

Take Breaks

A small break from typing should be taken multiple times throughout the day, especially when symptoms arise. If you are dealing with any inflammation or joint damage, you should contact your health care provider before doing any stretches.

Here are 3 easy stretches that you can do while at your desk:

  1. Interlace fingers and extend arms in front of you, palms facing away from your body. Do this for 10-20 seconds.
  2. Interlace fingers and extend arms upwards, with palms facing the ceiling. Hold stretch for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Do a shoulder shrug by raising the top of your shoulders towards your ears for 3-5 seconds and then relax into a normal position. Do this 2-3 times.

If you are dealing with constant hand, arm, or shoulder pain, you should contact an upper extremity specialist immediately.

For an evaluation on your upper extremity injuries or issues, you can request an appointment with Dr. George White, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, Dr. Brian White or Dr. Anup Patel by clicking here, or calling (407) 841-2100.

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Treating Trigger Finger

Stenosing tenosynovitis, commonly known as “trigger finger,” is a condition that involves the tendons located within the finger. The tendons located in the finger are held close to the bone by a series of pulleys which allows the tendons to glide easily when gripping or grabbing. Trigger finger occurs when the pulleys become thickened, preventing the tendons from gliding easily.

Causes of Trigger Finger

While in most cases the cause of trigger finger is unknown, it has been associated with a number of conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Trigger finger can cause a great amount of pain on the base of the finger and it also may cause popping, catching, and limited finger movement.

How to Treat Trigger Finger

  • Anti-inflammatory medication can assist with the pain
  • Gentle stretching at home, which would consist of locking the affected finger together with a finger from the opposite hand and gently stretching the the fingers apart. See video for demonstration.
  • Ask a hand specialist if you are eligible to receive a corticosteroid injection into the area of the pain. This is usually an extremely effective treatment measure.
  • If the corticosteroid injection does not resolve the issue, a small surgery is recommended.

Dealing with an upper extremity injury? Call (407) 841-2100 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

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5 Tips For Preventing Hoverboard Injuries

The self-balancing electric scooter, known as a hoverboard, has been one of the most talked about devices on the market this year. Originally known for being the hottest, hardest-to-get gift for the holidays, the hoverboard is now being recognized as a potentially dangerous machine. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received “dozens of reports of injuries from hospital ERs” since the holidays and the list of reported injuries continue to grow each week.

Recently, the television network, Univision, interviewed our Director of Sports Medicine and Trauma, Dr. Jason Pirozzolo, on the importance of taking precautionary safety measures before hopping on the board. In order to stay safe, and avoid injuries, follow these simple tips before taking a spin on the high speed device.

  1. Make sure to wear protective safety equipment such as a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads.
  2. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Flip-flops and high heels can altar your balance.
  3. Make sure to stand upright, facing forward, while riding the hoverboard.
  4. Do not text or use a cell phone while riding the hoverboard.
  5. Only ride the hoverboard on level ground.

While these tips are not guaranteed to eliminate injuries caused by a hoverboard, they will assist in preventing any major injuries from occurring.

Dealing with an upper extremity injury? Call (407) 841-2100 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

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Treating Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as “tennis elbow,” is a condition involving the tendons that attach to the bone on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow. Despite its name, tennis elbow can affect many people regardless if they are an athlete or not. In fact, this condition is most commonly seen in adults ranging in age from 40 to 60.

Causes of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow can be caused by any activity that places stress on the tendons. Common activities that cause tennis elbow include:

  • Tennis and other racket sports
  • Carpentry
  • Machine work
  • Typing
  • Knitting

A sudden or extreme action of force that is applied to the elbow can also injure the tendons which leads to degeneration.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow can cause a great amount of pain in the elbow area when performing the activities listed above, or when doing simple everyday tasks such as lifting, gripping, or grasping. The pain is usually located on the outside of the elbow. The affected area becomes extremely tender and the pain can shoot from the elbow down to the forearm.

How to treat Tennis Elbow

  • Make sure to modify any activity that causes pain or stress on the tendons.
  • Anti-inflammatories may help reduce the pain and reduce swelling.
  • Visit your local upper extremity specialists to find the best treatment options for your situation.

Watch the quick video above to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments associated with tennis elbow.

Dealing with an upper extremity injury? Call (407) 841-2100 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.

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