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Monday, April 4, 2016

Fight Dupuytrens Disease with the IDDB and the NDB

Join NDB and IDDB research for Dupuytrens


International Dupuytren Data Bank (IDDB)

is a research project with a target of finding the cause and cure for Dupuytren Disease and related conditions. The IDDB is sponsored by the Dupuytren Foundation in partnership with the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases. The IDDB is free for all participants, and has three phases:
  1. Survey people with and without Dupuytren disease for clues about their biology.
    (Enroll and fill out follow-up progress surveys online)
  2. Collect blood samples from those surveyed.
    (We’ll let you know how to do this.)
  3. Compare survey results with DNA and other blood tests to develop prevention rather than procedures.


Friday, February 12, 2016

WINTER ADVISORY FROSTBITE of the FINGERS PREVENT FROSTBITE









FROSTBITE

 Frostbite occurs when the skin is overexposed to extreme cold. It can occur when the temperature and/or wind chill is below 27°F (-3°C), and it typically occurs in the fingers and toes.Cases of frostbite  are “typically the result of overexposure  —skiers, snowboarders and climbers who don't have the luxury of warming up in the lodge because they have ventured off the grid.” But it can occur anywhere that the temperature and windchill puts fingers  or toes at risk

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

When caught early, most frostbite is superficial and therefore reversible. If your fingertips are white, numb and swollen, see your doctor as soon as possible. Do not rewarm your fingers if you will be overexposing them to cold weather again. Your doctor will take care of rewarming the affected areas, and a hand surgeon may be brought in to take care of any blisters.

FROSTBITE IN CHILDREN

If you are with a young child who is complaining of being cold, then go inside.  once frostbite sets in, the child will stop complaining because the area becomes numb and he or she cannot feel the problem. It is important to monitor children and yourself for signs of frostbite.

PREVENTION

To prevent frostbite, limit your time outside during cold weather; if you must venture outside, wear appropriate clothing. In extremely cold temperatures, winter athletes should consider electric boot warmers to protect their toes or gloves and mittens that have electric warming systems to protect their fingers, especially if they sustained frostbite in the past. Winter sports participants should heed warnings posted by the mountain on very cold days. 



PREVENT FROSTBITE As windchill increases time to frostbite decreases














https://www.assh.org/handcare/About-Hand-Surgery/Media/Details/ArticleID/45492/Frostbite-in-the-Hand READ ABOUT...
Posted by The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts on Friday, February 12, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SPLINTS AND WRAPS FOR FINGERS, sports injury, sprains and trigger finger

THESE  FINGER SPLINTS AND WRAPS ARE ITEMS THAT THE HAND CENTER CANNOT STOCK OR PROVIDE THROUGH  INSURANCE PLANS BUT MAY BE VERY USEFUL.

ONLY SOME  FINGER problems are  treated with these, speak to your doctor before you use these. These splints and the products here are NOT medical advice




POWER SPLINTS - used for finger and sports injury,  FOR INDIVIDUAL FINGERS


  • Impact resistant, non-metal core that can withstand the hardest of hits
  • Protective side wings that flex inward or outward to fit various finger widths
  • Stretchy front velcro allows for a full range of finger motion while the back no-stretch velcro locks the middle joint in place
  • Fits under baseball/softball mitts and on top of football/batting gloves
  • Soft padding underneath to provide comfort and a perfect fit

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BUDDY LOOPS used to protect the adjacent injured finger TWO FINGERS TOGETHER while allowing motion. Tape will work too but for the athlete or the worker who needs to take the tapes off and on through out the day these may be convenient





trigger finger splint may reduce frequency of  symptoms of locking and clicking, these splints are a good temporaty solution, especially if locking and clicking is painful or associated with prolonged locking, however do note that long term use may lead to stiffness

ADJUSTABLE TO MOST ANY FINGER SIZE RIGHT OR LEFT

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WInter Weather Snow blower Safety Alert... JONAS and beyond



WINTER IS COMING....2016



Snow Blower Safety

Recommendations for safe use of a jammed snow blower snow blowers include: (OCD STICK) 

SNOW THROWER CLEARING SAFETY STICK to clear chute

1. If the snow blower jams, immediately turn it OFF
2. Disengage the CLUTCH
3. DELAY...Wait 10 seconds after shutting of to allow Impeller Blades to stop rotating
4. Always use a STICK or broom handle to clear impacted snow. The stick most be strong enough to avoid breakage or eye injures can result from flying fragments.
5. Never put your hand near chute or around blades
6. Keep all shields in place. Do not remove safety devices on machine
7. Keep hands and feet away from moving parts
8. Keep a clear head, concentrate and ...
    Do not drink alcoholic beverages before using a snow blower

As physicians dedicated to the care of the Hand and Upper extremity we want to inform the public concerning the perils and pitfalls of improper snow blower use.  Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and therapists who deal with these injuries live in fear of the first heavy wet snow of the season. Invariably injuries are seen despite general knowledge that these injuries occur. These safety tips cannot guarantee against injury but hopefully if you are reading these or even better spreading these, it is one more step towards preventing these types of injuries.

News organizations and weather services can help.

Conditions that are associated with a higher incidence of injuries, hay wet snow exceeding 6 inches of accumulation and temperatures above 28 degrees Fahrenheit offer good opportunities to provide warning for the public. We need your help to reduce the incidence of these preventable injuries.


SNOW THROWER CLEARING SAFETY STICK to clear chute

Monday, December 14, 2015

Who is the owner of this famous hand?


 Do you know the answer?  Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
 Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
 Click on the picture to vote and comment

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Help others by Participating in Dupuytren's research



Participate in Dupuytren's research





The International Dupuytren Data Bank is now live.
Independent. Crowdsourced. Massive. Free.
The biggest Dupuytren research study ever.
If you have Dupuytren disease, enroll now at 



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