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Safety of LED nail lamps

Nail salon lamps, whether they are labeled LED or UV, all emit ultraviolet radiation, so protect your skin during manicures by using sunscreen or wearing fingerless gloves. (Locked) More »

The surprising side effects from using technology

Using electronic devices, such as smartphones and computers, can lead to joint pain. Frequent texting can cause strain or overuse injuries of the tendons that run from the wrist to the thumb (a condition called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis). Pushing buttons too hard can lead to inflammation around the tendons and pulleys that bend the fingers, increasing the risk for trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis). Typing can worsen carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Looking down at devices for long periods can lead to neck pain. Pain relief may come with rest and changing the way one uses electronic devices. More »

Best ways to cope with hand pain

Hand pain is common in older age. It may be caused by many conditions, such as osteoarthritis, a wearing away of the cartilage in the joints; carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, two different conditions involving the compression of nerves in the arm; or trigger finger, a type of tendon irritation that interferes with the ability of the finger to bend. It’s important to seek treatment for persistent hand pain before it gets so advanced that it’s tough to use hands for even the simplest jobs. More »

Give grip strength a hand

Weak grip strength can interfere with many aspects of an active lifestyle. It also may be a signal for other health issues like lack of mobility and risk of heart attack and stroke. Performing a series of hand-specific exercises can keep a person’s grip strong and supple. (Locked) More »

Numb fingers? Icy toes? It may be Raynauds.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is an extreme reaction to cold in fingers, toes, and nose that can be painful but transient. If it develops later in life, it can signal a serious underlying condition and might require medical treatment to prevent complications. (Locked) More »

Help for your hands

Seven simple exercises are illustrated. Practicing them daily can preserve strength and flexibility in your hands and wrists and balance the effects of repetitive tasks like typing or gardening.  (Locked) More »

Numb hand: Should you worry?

Repetitive motions can squeeze nerves in the hand and cause temporary and short-lived numbness. It usually does not indicate a medical condition, but talk to a doctor if the numbness persists or interferes with daily activities. (Locked) More »

Where does it hurt?

The Harvard Health Decision Guides help you determine the appropriate next steps to alleviate your pain. More »

Trigger finger

Trigger finger is a painful condition in which a finger catches or becomes locked when you try to straighten or bend it. Although the name may conjure up visions of sharpshooters and hunters, it comes from the trigger-like snap that occurs when the finger suddenly releases. This condition, officially known as stenosing tenosynovitis, usually affects the thumb or ring finger, though it can affect any finger. More »