lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016

Strategies for strong, pain-free hands

Harvard Health Publications
Harvard Health Publications

Don't let hand pain slow you down

A Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School explains common hand conditions and ways to ease the pain.

We use our hands in a hundred different ways every day — making coffee, flipping through a magazine, typing on the computer, practicing the piano. When your hands work properly, you don’t even think about them. But when your hands hurt, daily activities become a painful ordeal and your overall quality of life declines.
If you’re experiencing hand pain, you might be interested in a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School called Healthy Hands: Strategies for strong, pain-free hands. In plain English, the report explains the hand’s physical structure as well as common diseases and injuries of the hand. Most important, it offers practical advice on what you can do right now to reduce or eliminate hand pain.
Here is just some of what you’ll learn about in the Healthy Hands report:
  • How cold, numb hands could mean you have a common condition called Raynaud’s syndrome, in which the body overreacts to cold temperatures.
  • Effective therapies for arthritis pain, including joint protection, heat and cold therapy, medication, and surgery, as well as yoga, acupuncture, and herbal remedies. The report also covers related conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and gout.
  • The latest innovations in joint replacement surgery, including the questions you should ask your doctor before you have a joint replaced.
  • An overview of common tendon problems such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow (yes, they relate to the hand), trigger finger, and Dupuytren’s contracture — and how to get relief.
  • The facts about carpal tunnel syndrome, and your surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.
  • The best ways to treat trauma to the hands and wrists, such as wrist sprains, finger jams and dislocations, tendon injuries, and fractures.
  • Tips for preventing falls — they often injure the hands — as well as steps you can take to minimize your risk of accidents involving lawn mowers and snowblowers.
The Healthy Hands report also includes hand exercises to increase your strength and range of motion. Accompanied by easy-to-follow illustrations, these exercises are safe, gentle, and require no special equipment.
The report also suggests a list of gadgets and tools you can use to help reduce the strain on your hands, such as electric toothbrushes and can openers. You’ll also benefit from the advice it offers on topics such as choosing garden tools that fit your palms, proper lifting techniques, and the fundamentals of good posture.
With all this great information, Healthy Hands: Strategies for strong, pain-free handshas everything you need to get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible. Order your copy today!
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Barry P. Simmons, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Hand/Upper Extremity Service, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Hand Surgery Consultant, Department of Athletics, Harvard University

Healthy Hands

Inside Healthy Hands, you’ll discover:
The healthy hand
Arthritis of the hand
Special bonus section: Advances in artificial joints for the hand
Tendon trouble
Exercise for the hand
And so much more!
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