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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)