On July 2, 2010, MedicalTourism Magazine published an article by Dr. Alejandro Badia named “Orthopedic Surgery for the International Tourist Patient” which we are republishing here for your information. As you may know, Orthopedic Surgery is one of the reasons why an international patient comes to the U.S., as sometimes the expertise does not exist in their country yet, resulting in their travel to other countries for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment. […]
The media has branded this condition as an occupational disease because of workers linking pain in their hands to repetitive activities, such as typing or assembly line work. Despite popular opinion, this condition is not caused by repetitive activity, although repetitive activity, such as typing, can aggravate it. Please read on to learn about carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms and treatment.
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition brought on by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. There is a bump of bone on the inner portion of the elbow (medial epicondyle) under which the ulnar nerve passes. This site is commonly called the “funny bone”. At this site, the ulnar nerve lies directly next to the bone and is susceptible to pressure. When the pressure on the nerve becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, then numbness, tingling, and pain may be felt in the elbow, forearm, hand, and/or fingers. […]
Dequervain’s tendinitis occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. The word “tendinitis” refers to a swelling of the tendons. Thickening of the tendons can cause pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. This is particularly noticeable when forming a fist, grasping or gripping things, or when turning the wrist. […]
Newer techniques to treat “tennis elbow” injuries are always being refined at the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center (BHSC) in Miami as well as other specialized centers. It’s important that you make an appointment today to see Dr. Alejandro Badia for these type of injuries are often misdiagnosed and undertreated for a variety of reasons.
Young active patients often feel that shoulder pain stems from overuse. This may be the case, but it is important to understand why. Current exercise regiments usually emphasize strengthening the deltoid muscles, but the rotator cuff is largely ignored. This leads to an instability syndrome that can cause pain and even worse, a mechanical deficiency of the shoulder joint. If the pain is a chronic problem, with no history of a single traumatic event, the patient will usually respond to strengthening therapy. This therapy will require diligence from the patient and the therapist.
Also called basal joint arthritis, thumb arthritis occurs when the cushioning cartilage wears away from the adjoining ends of the bones that form your thumb joint (carpometacarpal joint). Thumb arthritis can cause severe hand pain, swelling, and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple household tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars. Treatment for thumb arthritis may include self-care measures, splints, medication or corticosteroid injections.