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Mount Sinai’s Focus on Healthy Aging Asks Dr. Pruzansky How to Cope with Hand Arthritis

New York City based Dr. Mark Pruzansky, a hand surgery and sports injury pioneer, was featured in Focus on Healthy Aging, the monthly newsletter from the world-renowned Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. The article, Coping With Arthritis in Your Hands, looks at self-help strategies and medications you can use to pain and maintain your range-of-motion. Dr. Pruzansky is an assistant professor of orthopaedics at Mount Sinai so he was asked about the two different types of arthritis that afflict the hand, osteoarthritis (OA) and the less common rheumatoid arthritis (RA): Osteoarthritis (OA): Develops due to “wear and tear” that results in more »

Malcolm Mitchell of New England Patriots Out Four Weeks with Elbow Injury

Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell of the New England Patriots suffered an elbow injury in his first ever preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. In the second quarter Mitchell caught an 8-yard pass and tried to evade a tackle and maintain his balance by putting his hand on the ground. However, his arm twisted awkwardly causing a dislocated elbow on his left arm. He left the game immediately and Patriots medical staff believe that he’ll be out for at least four weeks. The MRI on Mitchell’s elbow was clean, with only the dislocation and no elbow fractures or torn more »

The Evolutionary Link Between Fins and Hands

Today’s scientists are continuing the work started by Charles Darwin in the Victorian Age. He was limited to a simple microscope, they have biological tools. Darwin suggested that there were similarities in the limbs that humans, moles, horses, porpoises, and bats use for everyday utility and movement. Carl Zimmer’s article in the New York Times, From Fins Into Hands: Scientists Discover a Deep Evolutionary Link, says that “a team of researchers at the University of Chicago reported that our hands share a deep evolutionary connection not only to bat wings or horse hooves, but also to fish fins.” But, how more »

New York Mets Outfielder Juan Lagares on Disabled List, Thumb Injury Flares Up

Early in the 2016 season, New York Mets Outfielder Juan Lagares suffered a thumb ligament injury to his left thumb but he, was able to continue playing. Initially team doctors simply recommended a few days rest to deal with the swelling. Lagares was then able to play with a splint and a taped up thumb. He then lasted four games before the injury flared up during a pregame batting practice. Surgery to the thumb is now the most likely course of action for the outfielder if he cannot continue playing through the pain. For now Lagares will be placed on more »

Carlos Randon Injures Wrist in Freak Accident

When you hear a baseball player injured their wrist, it’s usually due to a hard slide in a base or getting hit by a pitch – not a slip and fall. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the White Sox pitcher Carlos Randon. Randon, who was placed on the 15 day disabled list, fell while walking out of the clubhouse to start an inning injuring his wrist in the process. According to reports, Randon will be in a brace for the next 7-10 days and should not require wrist surgery.