If you have been experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome for more than a few months, it's best to see a doctor. Such symptoms may include pain that starts in the wrist and spreads to the hand or forearm; tingling or numbness in your thumb and first two fingers; or weakness in your hand muscles. It's especially important to see a doctor if your symptoms are starting to interfere with everyday tasks like work, hobbies, and even sleep.
David E. Quinn, MD
Specialty: Hand Surgery
- hand surgery
- orthopedic surgery
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1367 Washington Ave Ste 300
Albany, NY 12206
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When should I call my doctor if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
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Why is the knee joint so prone to injury?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredSituated between the two longest bones in your body (the tibia and fibula), the classic door-hinge knee joint bends in one plane of motion-backward, not forward or side to side. It's at risk for strain and injury because of its limited range of motion, the heavy load your knees carry, and the torque (from twisting motions) generated by the two lever-like bones.
While you may hear about knee injuries most commonly in the form of professional athletes who tear their ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments), the more common knee injury for those of us who do and don't play with pigskin is actually a meniscus tear.
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What can I expect if I go to the emergency room for a wound?
Kathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredIf you come into the emergency room (ER) with a cut (that’s what we call a wound or laceration) that needs to be closed, here’s what to expect: first, the wound will be cleaned thoroughly before it is closed in order to prevent infection. The emergency medicine (EM) doctor and nurse will be following sterile procedure, which includes wearing sterile gloves, to avoid getting any bacteria into the wound. So please, don’t touch anything.
Whether or not your doctor uses staples, thread (suture material) or glue depends on the size and location of the wound. If sutures are used, you’ll be interested to know that thread size is a consideration. Different synthetic threads are assigned a number that refers to tensile strength; the higher the number, the finer the thread. Suture material can be made of silk or synthetic material connected to curved needles of varying sizes. For instance, fine thread like “6-0” is used on the face. Ask your doctor what size thread she’s using and you’ll get her attention. Certain very large lacerations will need to be repaired in the operating room and may require referral to general surgeon or a plastic surgeon. Facial lacerations might need to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon.
Different parts of the body heal at different rates. For example, sutures in the face normally come out in three to five days. Dissolving sutures (absorbable) are used to close lower layers that are under tension. They can take a month to absorb. On the leg, which is further away from the heart, skin takes longer to heal so sutures may be left in for weeks. If sutures are over a joint, the joint will be immobilized to help healing and reduce scaring. Do not remove your own sutures. If you notice any swelling, drainage, redness or heat, especially after 48 hours, call your doctor.
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