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  • Why Do I Have Uneven Shoulders?

    Uneven shoulders occur when one shoulder is higher than the other. This can be a slight or significant difference and may be due to several causes. Luckily, there are steps you can take to bring your body back into balance and alignment.

    Source: Healthline

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  • What is a Flexor Tendon Injury?

    An injury to a flexor tendon is basically an injury to your muscle. The flexor muscles are the muscles that allow you to bend your fingers. These muscles are able to move your fingers through tendons, which are cord-like extensions that connect your muscle to your bone.

    Source: ASSH HandCare

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  • Are fast-pitch softball pitchers overdoing it?

    Baseball leagues often have fairly strict limits on how many innings pitchers can pitch or how many pitches a player can throw. But for girls playing fast-pitch softball, such guidelines are rare. Washington University sports medicine specialists have found that many pitchers aren't getting enough time to recover and are experiencing shoulder fatigue, pain, weakness and injury.

    Source: Medicine Wustl Edu

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  • 3 Common Congenital Hand Differences

    A congenital hand difference is a hand that is abnormal at birth. During fetal development, the upper limbs are formed between four and eight weeks of pregnancy.  During this time, many steps are needed to form a normal arm and hand.  If any of these steps fail, then a congenital hand difference can result. It is not uncommon for a child to be born with a hand difference.

    Source: ASSH HandCare

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  • Health Tip: Signs You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery

    The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes -- for example, baseball pitchers -- to injure this area. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions symptoms that indicate surgery is needed:

    Source: HealthDay

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  • Trigger finger surgery: What to expect

    Your finger and hand may be sore and swollen for several days. It may be hard to move your finger at first. This usually gets better after several weeks. You may feel numbness or tingling near the cut, called an incision, that the doctor made. This feeling will probably get better in a few days, but it may take several months to completely go away. Your doctor will take out your stitches 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.

    Source: MyHealth.Alberta.ca

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  • What are hand cramps?

    Hand cramping can occur for many reasons and cause significant discomfort in some people. Often, hand cramps are caused by muscle spasms, which are described as an uncontrollable or involuntary muscle contraction. These spasms or contractions do not allow the muscle to become relaxed and can become excruciating in some cases.

    Source: Medical News Today

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  • A Meta-analysis of Corticosteroid Injection for Trigger Digits Among Patients With Diabetes

    The pooled data showed that patients with insulin-dependent diabetes and patients with non–insulin-dependent diabetes had worse prognoses after corticosteroid injection for trigger digit than patients without diabetes. Furthermore, the patients with insulin-dependent diabetes had a trend toward multiple digit involvement and much worse treatment outcomes than the patients with non–insulin-dependent diabetes. The authors conclude that more aggressive treatment, such as surgical intervention, should be considered for those patients expected to have high failure rates after injection.

    Source: Healio

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  • A Single-Incision Technique for Distal Biceps Repair Using a Flexible Reamer

    Distal biceps tendon ruptures are rare injuries that usually occur in middle-aged men. Most of these injuries are repaired acutely to restore preinjury function and strength. There is concern regarding the higher prevalence of certain complications with the double-incision technique. As such, the single-incision technique has also been studied to determine if it may produce superior safety and efficacy. In addition, the point of fixation may be created with either a rigid or a flexible reamer. The authors describe a technique that uses a single-incision cortical fixation achieved with a flexible reamer.

    Source: Healio

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  • Study looks at needles in treatment for shoulder pain

    According to a new study, the type of procedure used to treat shoulder calcifications should be tailored to the type of calcification. The results of the study will help interventional radiologists determine whether to use one or two needles for an ultrasound-guided treatment for a common condition called rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy.

    Source: Science Daily

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  • American Manus Club for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)