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From brushing our teeth to tying our shoes, sending a text, or opening a door – we use our hands constantly. And using our hands requires an incredible harmony of muscles, bones, joints, and nerves to complete these seemingly simple tasks. Unfortunately, injury and disease can disrupt this harmony and produce pain, deformity, and dysfunction.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, occurs when the median nerve is compressed as it travels through a passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. The most common symptoms are numbness, pain and tingling in the thumb, middle and index fingers, as well as weakness in the hand.
Quervain's tendinitis causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist. It results from irritation or inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb and can be caused by repetitive activities and overuse.
Fortunately, these are treatable conditions. Learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options of hand and nerve conditions by attending Healthy You, Hand Health - Restoring Movement & Function webinar on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 12:30 PM. Lead by Nicole Jarrett, MD, attending surgeon with the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cooper University Health Care and a team member of the Cooper Hand and Nerve Surgery Center, the one-hour long seminar is free and will cover everything you need to know.
The Hand and Nerve Center at Cooper University Health Care offers a multidisciplinary team of specialists in hand and nerve disorders that come together to offer expert collaborative care. Dr. Jarrett herself has an interest in congenital hand differences, hand/wrist/forearm fractures, tendon injuries, arthritis of the hand, pediatric hand injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, lower extremity reconstruction, and general reconstructive plastic surgery.
Learn more by registering for Cooper University Health Care’s free webinar.