Hand and Wrist Institute Launches New Site on Mommy Thumb
Beverly Hills, California June 02, 2012 Health News(PRLEAP.COM) In this day and age our thumbs are getting a far better work out than ever before. Most people type on a computer on a daily basis. When they're not typing and clicking away on a PC they're on smart phones typing on the incredibly small keyboards. Because of this constant use of the thumbs, there has been a surge in an ailment called mommy thumb. It is also commonly known as Blackberry thumb which is more self explanatory. Mommy thumb refers to the fact that in decades past this was an injury most common in mothers of newborn babies.
Mommy thumb is developed during the third trimester of pregnancy when women begin to retain large amounts of fluid, they can even exhibit carpal tunnel symptoms. After the baby is born, pain begins to radiate from the thumb up the forearm, the thumb swells and tingles. This is all caused by the constant motion of picking up babies as well as frequently carrying the baby. More often than not, these issues go away after pregnancy as the body ends the swelling process in the hand and wrist. Unfortunately for the non-pregnant people that are afflicted with mommy thumb, the symptoms do not go away and surgery is sometimes required.
The non-surgical treatment for mommy thumb is typically to stop all use and try to rest the wrist as much as possible. There are over the counter remedies that help, such as Advil, Aleeve or a splint. One of the most effective treatments is an injection of steroids followed by the use of a brace for at least two weeks. This method tends to help only half of the patients long term.
The surgical remedy for mommy thumb is positively simple. It can be done in a five minute, stitchless outpatient service by a hand doctor who accepts insurance. Another way to make this process extremely painless is to have a virtual medical consultation online. Ganglion cyst doctors like John Knight, M.D. are top hand surgeons who perform these surgeries along with many other types of surgeries on a daily basis. Dr. Knight, an elbow doctor in Los Angeles, has over twenty years of experience in treating mommy thumb and has carried out thousands of procedures. After surgery patients can quickly return to their regular daily life with very little scarring thanks to the stitchless procedure. Visit the Hand and Wrist Institute's website today to schedule a consultation with a top hand surgeon.
Hand and Wrist Institute
Hand and Wrist Institute