I spent a great 5 days in San Francisco at the annual international meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Getting an update on the latest Technology and Techniques. Saw a lot, learned a few things too! Pictures are also posted on FB. https://www.facebook.com/TheHandDoctor. Stay tuned for more information on the latest on the non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture…
You’ve FOOSHed before and probably didn’t even realize you were doing it! In my world this stands for one of the most common events which result in injuries to the hand, wrist and arm. It’s a natural reflex to protect your head and face!
We have all done it and thankfully we are usually able to protect ourselves without significant injury. Occasionally the FOOSHer ends up sacrificing certain body parts to protect other parts. Such falls can result in sprains, breaks and dislocations… A significant portion of upper extremity Orthopedic trauma and reconstruction can be traced to such injuries! Thought I’d introduce the subject and branch out to talk about specific fractures and dislocations of the wrist. I think we’ll start with Scaphoid fractures (one of the bones of the wrist, also known as the carpal navicular)…. easy to break and sometimes slow to heal! …then perhaps move on to even more complicated injuries of the wrist such as this extreme FOOSH!. – Greg Balourdas, MD
You don’t have to be a Hand Specialist to know that your hands are very important to you… but as a Hand Surgeon I do get a special appreciation for how complex and wonderfully made our hands are, and how much we take them for granted. If you’ve ever experienced an injury to your hands or arm that prevented their normal use you know what I mean. Our hands are the main way that we interact with our environment… work, play, blog and just about everything we do depends on the normal use of our hands. So be careful out there! I look forward to sharing my perspective and experiences on this an other related subjects.