If you have a bump on your wrist or hand, you might wonder where it came from. You might wonder if it’s dangerous or even cancerous. Luckily, the most common type of bump on the wrist is called a ganglion cyst, and it is not a sign of cancer. If you’re worried about what that mass on your hand is, here’s an easy way to tell. Place a small flashlight directly over the bump. If light shines all the way through it, it’s probably a ganglion cyst. However, many types of masses can appear on the
Summit Medical Group Orthopedics is proud to announce that two of our talented podiatric surgeons, Dr. Marco Ucciferri and Dr. Tony Di Stefano, have earned the Courier News’ Readers’ Choice Award for 2018. The readers have spoken, and they’ve chosen Drs. Ucciferri and Di Stefano as the Best of the Best podiatrists in Somerset County. Dr. Ucciferri has offices in Hillsborough, Martinsville and Warren, while Dr. Di Stefano practices in Clifton, Morristown and Raritan. Please join us in
Rotator cuff tears are some of the most common sources of shoulder pain. When a tear goes all the way through the tendon or muscle, the treatment path is usually obvious: surgery to stitch the rotator cuff back together. A partial thickness rotator cuff tear, however, is not always treated with surgery. “Nonoperative methods of treatment like physical therapy are how most orthopedists treat partial rotator cuff tears,” says Eric Black, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Summit Medical Group
Many people think about broken hips when they hear the word “osteoporosis,” but did you know that most fractures caused by osteoporosis occur in the spine? That’s right, about 700,000 people per year experience fractures of the spine due to osteoporosis. These fractures are known as osteoporotic compression fractures. Osteoporotic compression fractures can be painful, but luckily there are a variety of treatment options available. Here’s how they happen, how they’re detected and how they’re
The World Health Organization estimates that most of us will have lower back pain at some point in our lives. For some of us, though, it will start early. Young athletes can be especially prone to lower back pain, and one of the most common causes in adolescent athletes is spondylolysis. What Is Spondylolysis? Spondylolysis is a term that describes stress fractures of the pars interarticularis, known as pars for short. The pars is an area of the vertebra (backbone) near the spinal cord.
You might not realize how much you rely on your thumb until it hurts. A disabled thumb can translate into a 50 percent reduction in function for the entire arm. Imagine that—one digit hurts and it affects the whole limb. One of the most common sources of thumb pain is thumb arthritis. Most people think about the hips and knees as areas most affected by arthritis, and they’re half right. While the knee joint is the most common site for arthritis, the hands are also a top site of arthritis. An