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August, 2012

  1. Texting Thumb and Repetitive Trauma

    August 14, 2012 by Greg Balourdas

    The conditions that we treat may not change much but the way that we injure ourselves changes with the technology.

    Take care that you don’t develop Texting Thumb.

    Recognized for a number of years and very treatable.

    Please don’t ignore your symptoms. And once in a while call!



    Such injuries from overuse include various tendonitis conditions and nerve entrapments (carpal tunnel syndrome etc.)  Many were recognized 100 years and more ago.

    Very interesting excerpt from a 1914 text on Occupational Disorders.  It goes on to describe conservative treatment similar to measures we employ today!  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    From a textbook on Occupational Diseases published in 1914

    Check out the occupations associated with these conditions in 1914.  No texting to be found!

    And please don’t text and drive!

    Take Care,

    Greg Balourdas, MD

  2. Hand Surgery for the Stars

    August 7, 2012 by Greg Balourdas

    I remember many nasty lacerations from people trying to separate frozen hamburger patties with a knife dating back to my Orthopedic training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  More recently for me, here in Southern California and now for Meryl Streep, the avocado is a very dangerous fruit.  Please be careful and use the right tool for the job at your home.  Check out this link!

    Greg Balourdas, MD