Finger Pain From Smartphones

Finger Pain From SmartphonesIn the current day and age, using modern devices such as Smartphones, Tablets, iPods, etc have become part and parcel of everyone’s life. But along with it comes the unwanted side effects. Thanks to our constant typing and crunching up our fingers to e-mail, text, play games, etc, general digit discomfort is on the rise. Since we do this activity on a very regular basis, chances of Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) is very high. It could range from mild tendonitis to chronic issues like Trigger Finger or the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Trigger finger is a swelling of the tendon or tendon sheath in the palm of the hand of the tendons that bend the fingers. This swelling prevents the tendon from gliding smoothly through the sheath and the “pulley” (ligament) which holds the tendon to the bone.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers

Trigger Thumb in Children

Trigger Thumb in ChildrenThe Problem

The diagnosis of trigger thumb in children is usually made when the parents notice that the child cannot straighten the thumb all the way. The involved thumb is “bent” at the joint closest to the thumb nail.

Trigger thumb involves a thickening of the flexor tendon of the child’s thumb in the region of the metacarpophalangeal joint (the MP joint – on the palm side). These children usually have a bump or knot in this location that parents can easily feel.

Trigger thumb is rare – one estimate is that for every 1000 babies born, three of them may be affected by trigger thumb at one year of age. About 30% of children with trigger thumb have it on both sides.

The Cause

Several explanations exist for pediatric trigger thumb:

  • degeneration (wearing out) of the tendon in the thumb
  • thickening of the tendon lining (synovium)
  • positioning of the baby in the uterus may contribute to the thumb’s position or function

These are just theories, and there is no good scientific evidence to back them up. The ultimate cause is unknown.

The Migraine Headache Allergy Connection

The Migraine Headache Allergy ConnectionMost everyone has had a headache at some time, but there are people who cannot function on a daily basis due to headache pain. Many people go to physicians for headaches, in fact, headaches are the ninth most common cause of physician visits. Some headaches are caused by serious medical conditions and may need medical treatment.

Migraines, which come on an average of 1-2 times per month, may last anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days each. The pain, may vary from throbbing to moderate, often comes on gradually. Sometimes it starts on one side of the head and then switches sides. People report seeing lights, rainbows and blurred vision. There may also be loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting.

More women than men complain of headaches. Usually migraine patients have a family background of headaches 80% of the time. 43% of migraine sufferers complain of eye symptoms. According to many studies, most sufferers have other symptoms: hay fever, eczema, travel sickness and a history of digestive tract problems.

The Allergy Connection

Migraines are often a reaction to an allergen, which in

Tips to Look After Your Eyes This Summer

  1. Sunglasses:

It is commonly known that exposing our bodies to UV rays is very bad for our skin but we need to remember to protect our delicate eyes from the sun’s rays as well. Too much exposure to UV rays can result in pain and irritation to the cornea (clear window of the eye) and in extreme cases this can lead to age related macular degeneration, cancer of the cornea, cataracts or even blindness.

Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. When buying sunglasses make sure they comply with BSEN 1836: 1997 or have the CE kite mark and are marked with UV 400. It is best to get sunglasses that are UVA and UVB 100% protected, if you are unsure always ask your eye clinic or optician. You can also get polarized sunglasses, not only do they protect your eyes from UV rays but they can help decrease glare which can strain your vision, they are very useful when you are by the pool on holiday or taking part in outdoor sports.

Don’t forget, it’s not just adults that need sunglasses, children should wear them too but

Common Foot Injuries You Should Know About

As anyone with foot pain or a foot injury already knows, your feet are a very important part of your body. In fact, a quarter of the bones in your body are located in your feet. Each foot and ankle has 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Your feet are responsible for many different functions, providing you with balance, flexibility and mobility to navigate throughout your day. It’s sometimes easy to take your feet for granted, until you experience some type of foot pain or injury.

There are many different things that can cause foot pain including something as simple as the shoes that you choose to wear. Here’s an overview of 5 medical conditions that may cause foot pain.

1. Gout: This type of arthritis tends to cause sudden attacks of pain and discomfort, generally around the base area of the big toe. Often times an attack of gout is accompanied by If swelling, heat and redness. Generally this condition is caused from uric crystals that build up in your blood. If you think you might have gout in your foot, you should seek qualified medical attention in order

Helpful Tips to Prevent Dry Eyes

All contact lens wearers have experienced dry eyes at some point. The irritation, the burning and heavy squinting make getting through the day unbearable. One of the steps to take is to observe the situations you are in when this occurs, as a lot of the time dry eyes may be prevented when the appropriate steps are taken. Here are 7 helpful tips to avoid dry eyes:

~Set your computer screen below your eye level: When your screen is above your eye level you tend to open your eyes more to see the screen better. When your screen is lower you relax your eyes, which helps reduce the dehydration of the tears in your eyes.

~Be mindful of your surroundings: Whether you live in the mountains, in the desert or are catching the next flight home, the air in these and many other areas can be very dry. Try closing your eyes more often to decrease the amount of moisture loss in your eyes. You can also carry an extra bottle of solution to rewet your lenses if they are drying out.

~Try wearing a disposable moist contact lens: Theses lenses contain more water content

How to Improve Your Vision Without Glasses Naturally

Do you wish to boost your vision without having to wear glasses or contact lenses? If you intend to bid farewell to glasses as well as contact lenses for good without having to pay for high-risk surgical procedures then this information is for you.

One of the first points is learning how to do eye conditioning and eye exercises that will improve your vision. If this is something you never considered before then you might be surprised to learn that this is one of the ways to improve your sight naturally.

Eyes Can Improve with Exercise

Like other muscles in the body your eyes can participate in exercises to not just enhance but as well as to decrease the deterioration of the eyes. Regrettably we cannot reverse the aging procedure but there are techniques that will improve the eyes naturally. These techniques allow one to boost vision without glasses or contact lenses.

Due to the amount of stress in our daily lives, both at work as well as play, there are lots of reasons why our eyes deteriorate. In fact they seem to deteriorate a great deal faster compared to what mother-nature would dictate.

Who Is Susceptible to Tinnitus and How to Cope

Tinnitus is a disease that develops when people have permanent hearing loss. Individuals with the disease report hearing a constant noise in their ears. The noises can range from dim, high-pitched sounds to something even louder than that. Some studies show that as much as one in ten adults suffer from it. It is also true that some people are more prone than others, especially those who are surrounded by noise in the workplace. Here is a run-down of those who are most likely to develop this disease, and how to cope with it.


Perhaps more than any other segment of the population, combat veterans are highly susceptible to developing hearing problems. The VA website reports that tinnitus is the number one disability among veterans. From the sound of guns and mortars to the noise of helicopter rotors, there’s no question that many vets are left with permanent hearing damage. The VA’s website offers some tips and advice to vets who are experiencing these problems. Some VA centers also offer programs that vets can sign up for to learn how to cope with this issue.

Factory and Machine Workers

People who work in

Podiatry Treatment Addresses Many Health Challenges

While many consider podiatry to be an exclusive realm of all things below the ankle, the truth is that treatment of injuries and other problems of the feet affect the whole body. When the biomechanics of walking are misaligned by damage to the feet, it can cause overarching issues in the legs, knees, hips, and back. Chronic pain can reduce the desire to exercise, leading to lethargy and depression.

Help with toe pain

Toes are made up of multiple small bones, ligaments, and muscles. When something in these complicated constructs gets out of place, injured, or torn, the pain can be debilitating. A patient suffering from bunions or hammer toe should seek treatment sooner rather than later. Addressing toe pain earlier on can reduce the need for invasive treatments, and this may make treatment more effective in the long run.

Tendonitis and heel pain

Although tendonitis can happen in several places from the ankles to the toes, it’s most commonly diagnosed in the Achilles tendon. This inflammation can cause moderate to severe pain and make even light exercise difficult. It is most often treated with physical therapy, but other treatments can become necessary if

How Do I Know If I Need Hand Surgery

If you’re living with chronic hand or wrist pain, chances are you desperately want relief. Many times, non-surgical treatment is quite effective as a remedy for hand and wrist pain. However, there are circumstances in which hand surgery is the only long-term solution.

So when is it time to consider undergoing hand surgery for your carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or other hand condition?

When Do I Need Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

You might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome if you have:

  • Numbness or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, or half the ring finger
  • Fingers fall asleep while driving, talking on the phone, washing hair, etc.
  • Severe nighttime pain
  • Pain radiating to forearms, shoulders, neck
  • Dropping objects
  • Objects falling out of hand
  • Weak grip strength

Pain relief is the main purpose for performing most hand surgeries, including carpal tunnel release surgery. Individual pain thresholds vary, so some individuals let the condition progress further than others before they consider hand surgery. In most cases, carpal tunnel patients decide that hand surgery is necessary when they start experiencing numbness in the fingers, severe nighttime pain, and radiating hand pain.

There are three different surgical options to address carpal tunnel

Tension Headache Got Stress

The name “tension headache” immediately implies the cause for this malady that affects millions of people every day. People who suffer from these types of headaches describe them as tightness in their head or neck muscles-almost like someone is pulling on them. These types of headaches often have a gradual onset unlike other possibly more severe headaches like the migraine. Because of this gradual onset some people do not even realize they are getting a tension headache until it is full-blown. Sometimes the pain can be just as bad as or even worse than a migraine. The key to treating these types of headaches is to catch them while they are in their early stages, before they get bad.

Stress Happens

As we go through our daily activities we experience tension regarding situations at work, at home, and other scenarios. This is when a tension headache is most likely to occur-as the pressure in our lives builds, so does the tendency to build tension and therefore, we may get a headache.

Do You Know The Type Of Headache You Have?

If you are not sure what type of headache you are suffering from, you

How To Determine If Your Child Has An Ear Infection

Children are prone to ear infections, because their Eustachian tubes are still growing. It has been reported that 5 out of 6 children will be diagnosed with otitis media, by the time they turn three years old.

Onset on Otitis Media

The onset of otitis media will normally follow a bout of rhinitis (common cold), sinusitis, and other upper respiratory illnesses. Fluid will become trapped in the middle ear, behind the eardrum and over time the fluid will build up causing inflammation.

An earache will go away on its own, without any type of treatment, but you can use a warm compress or water bottle to soothe the pain and reduce the inflammation. Of course, otitis media will require a pediatric visit, in order to get a genuine diagnosis.

If your child becomes restless and tugging at his ears, he may very well be suffering from otitis media. While a small infant cannot verbally tell you what ails him, you as a parent will need to learn the warning signs of an ear infection.

Signs of Otitis Media

Most children exhibit the same symptoms, when it involves many of the childhood illness,

Back Pain How to Get Your Back in Shape

Back Pain affects 4 out of 5 adults in America at some time in their life. Back pain can range from a nagging discomfort to agonizing pain. Pain medication can offer temporary relief of pain but it does not address the root of the problem.

Here are 10 tips to condition your back to stay healthy, strong, and pain free :

1.Lose Weight. Excess weight puts a strain on the back muscles which causes pain or exacerbates existing pain. If you are overweight the single best thing you can do is to lose weight.

2.Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise increases strength and endurance in the back muscles. This in turn allows the muscles to function better. Walking, swimming, biking, or elliptical machines are good choices.

3.Abdominal Crunches. Stomach muscles work together with back muscles to support the spine. Crunches strengthen stomach muscles and take strain off of the back.

4.Stop Smoking. Smoking causes diminished oxygen levels in the spinal tissues. This can interfere with the healing process and make back pain worse.

5.Stand Correct. Standing for long periods of time with poor posture causes back pain. Maintain a neutral pelvic position while

Detecting And Treating Swimmers Ear

Swimmer’s ear is an infection that affects many children. Despite its name, swimming is not the only causative factor. You child could show the symptoms even after taking a shower. This infection is usually caused due to unclean water that comes into contact with your child’s ear.

This problem could lead to itchiness, pain and hearing loss of your child. It is very important to take your child to a doctor and get the problem treated as soon as possible because it can spread and become dangerous if not treated properly.

Signs of Swimmer’s Ear

The first and most major sign of the condition is the pain that your child will feel, especially when the ear is pulled. Movement of the jaw like a chewing movement may also bring up the pain. You may also start to notice some swelling in the area. The lymph nodes might also become tender. In time, you will also find a discharge from the ear. Usually, this discharge is colorless in the beginning but it starts to turn yellow or become puss-like. Hearing loss and redness around the area is also a common phenomenon.

Possible Complications


Learn How and When to Use a Wrist Brace

How to use Wrist Braces

1. Generally due to the way the wrist is bent during sleep, the most intense pain is felt when you wake in the mornings. So the best time to use a brace is during the night, put them on just before you go to bed.

2. Make sure that the carpal tunnel wrist braces that you have chosen fit perfectly, they should not be too tight (will restrict blood flow) or too loose (will not provide support) or else they will not give you any relief.

3. If you experience pain when typing or other work that involves the flexing of the wrist, you should do that work with the carpal tunnel wrist braces on.

4. Make sure that if you have pain in just one wrist, that you purchase the wrist brace for the appropriate wrist. Do dot buy a generic wrist brace as they could make your condition worse.

From my own experience these are the most important requirements of any hand brace:

1. The brace must have a structure that will enable your wrist to be exactly in line with your forearm. You should

So Your Lower Back Hurts

Low back pain is one of the most common ailments people suffer from and approximately 8 out of 10 people will deal with back pain at some point in their life. That’s a lot of people… are you one of them?

Out of all of the various forms of back pain, lower back pain is by far the most common and there’s a good explanation for this. Any idea why?

It’s not car accidents, it’s not work-related injuries, and it’s not a lack of prescription medications either. Lack of movement and use is the number one cause of back pain!

I bet your orthopedic specialist or chiropractor didn’t tell you that, did they?

It’s the lack of movement in various muscles over years that leads to muscle imbalances and uneven wear and tear on your body, especially the spine. For example, how many times a day are you bending, leaning, or twisting.

Here’s what the typical person’s day is like:

  • Wake up
  • Eat breakfast (hopefully)
  • Drive or ride to work
  • Sit at desk
  • Eat lunch
  • Sit at desk some more
  • Drive or ride home
  • Eat dinner
  • Sit on couch and watch tv
  • Go to bed

Notice the trend here? That’s

Aromatherapy Headache

Headaches are one of the most common of medical complaints. Most people experience headache pain at one time or another. Everyone, young and old, male and female, suffers from headaches from time to time. These may range from minor, nagging headaches to full-blown, incapacitating neurovascular migraines.

Most headaches are not caused by serious medical conditions. The most common classifications of headache pain are tension, cluster, and migraine. Another disturbingly common type of headache is the rebound headache, which appears to be the result of taking prescription or non-prescription pain relievers daily or almost daily. The good news is that there are a growing number of natural alternatives to treat headache pain. Aromatherapy is one of the choices a growing number of people are turning to for effective relief of primary headache pain.

The powerful effects of your favorite essential oil seeps deep in to the nervous constitution to reduce the pain emanating from different lobes of brain. Head aches are known to originate out of many internal and external influences; deep strain inflicted in your mental constitution is known to be a major cause. Several aromatic oils have the capacity to prevent and/or reduce the throbbing

Strategies to Avoid Negative Effects of Prolonged Sitting at Work

I started working in an office 5 years ago, and during the past two years I have started to suffer a few consequences of bad habits that can were formed while sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day.

The reality is that a large amount of people work office jobs these days, and a lot of them do not correlate their type of work with their health condition. It is hard to change the way society works and avoid working office jobs altogether, as we often don’t have that choice. However, we do have the choice of making a few adjustment at work that will allow us to prevent illnesses and health issues caused by sitting at your job for long hours each day.

In my case, I exercise very regularity, and always have made a decent effort to eat healthy. However the past two years a few health issues have started to manifest, and it took some digging to find out the root causes. I started to develop a lot of gastrointestinal problems, and inability to breathe properly. I had to make a conscious effort to intake enough oxygen, as I often felt

What To Do If You Have Vibration White Finger

Jason Jones, a factory worker for a large steel company who typically does not complain, went to the doctors seven years ago for numbness in his right pointer finger. Jason did not anticipate it to be dangerous, perhaps he simply hit a nerve. Jason was half right, the doctor informed him after test that he had VWF, better known as Vibration White Finger. Jason was shocked and confused when he heard this term, as many Americans are. If Jason, like many other people knew about Vibration White Finger, perhaps he could have prevented it.

Vibration White finger is a disorder that affects the arm and hands, primarily due to using tools, especially those that vibrate. There are many different symptoms such as numbness, white patches, the feeling of pins and needles, and coldness to name a few. Unfortunately, Vibration White Finger is not a disorder that will go away on its own, or get better over time. It is important if any of the listed prior symptoms occur that one visits a doctor. In the meantime or during there are some ways to deemphasize symptoms by increasing circulation. Find time for short workouts, drink warm liquids, stop

Minimize Back Pain at Home

Do you experience frequent back pain? If so, is it mild, moderate, or severe? If you don’t get back pain on a regular basis, have you ever suffered from acute discomfort in your neck, upper back, or lower back? Perhaps you lifted something that was too heavy or yanked open a door the wrong way. In any case, you understand how painful a sore back can be, and its effect on daily activities involved with your job or your family. Simple actions like getting into a car or climbing steps can become excruciatingly difficult when your back has been injured in a significant way.

After experiencing an injury, fall, or other event that may precipitate back pain, make an appointment to see your doctor for a physical exam and any diagnostic tests that need to be done. Your physician will evaluate your symptoms and establish an impression of your condition, along with a plan of care for treating it. Often a back injury will require plenty of rest. But the doctor also may prescribe medication like painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicine that can help to reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may advise bed rest or restricted activities