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Treatment options for a frozen shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis, commonly called a frozen shoulder, can be a limiting problem for adults. This article reviews some of the treatment options for this disabling shoulder condition....(more)

Glucosamine: Commonly used supplement for osteoarthritis

Glucosamine is a popular supplement used mainly to decrease pain from osteoarthritis. This article provides an overview of the supplement and its uses, possible side effects, and effectiveness....(more)

Driving after shoulder, arm, or hand surgery

Many upper extremity surgeries, such as shoulder, wrist, or hand surgeries, impair driving ability. It is important to recognize the difficulties with driving after these surgeries....(more)

Platelet-rich plasma: Overview of this treatment in orthopedic surgery

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has received tremendous attention in recent years as a treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions. This article discusses the nature of the treatment and the theory behind it as well as its possible uses and side effects....(more)

Tendonitis

Typical Signs and Symptoms Associated With Heel Tendinitis

One of the longest tendons in the body, your Achilles tendon is what allows you to extend your foot in a downward direction. When this heel tendon is injured due to an accident, overuse or ill-fitting shoes, it is possible for heel tendinitis symptoms to occur....(more)

Common Symptoms Associated With Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome is a disorder caused by improper interaction between the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve. Piriformis syndrome is difficult to diagnose because it presents many of the same symptoms as sciatica and other neruomuscular disorders. In diagnosing piriformis syndrome, it is just as vital to know where symptoms are occurring as it is to know which symptoms the patient is experiencing....(more)

Surgery and Treatment Options for Wrist Tendinitis

Wrist tendinitis is a common occurrence if you have a job in which you actively use your wrist for long periods of time. There are no special tests, so it is important to watch for symptoms and get a proper diagnosis. Symptoms include pain when moving or touching the area, pain that shoots up your arm and burning or itching from inside the wrist area. Difficulty moving your wrist is another symptom of wrist tendinitis. Your doctor can make a proper diagnosis for your wrist pain....(more)

Hand and Finger Pain

Arthritis of the thumb

Arthritis at the base of the thumb is a common cause of hand pain, especially in adult females. This article reviews the nature of this problem and its diagnosis and treatment options....(more)

Subungual hematomas: Diagnosis and treatment of these nail bed injuries

A subungual hematoma is a collection of blood under the nail that results from an injury to the nail bed. These injuries often result from a crush injury to the finger or toe. This article reviews the injury and its diagnosis and treatment....(more)

Boxer's fracture of the hand

A boxer's fracture is a fracture that often results when a person hits a hard object or another person. It can be very painful and require weeks in a cast. Occasionally this fracture requires surgery. This article offers an overview of this hand fracture....(more)

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Dr. David Geier

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Dr. David Geier is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at the world-renowned Campbell Clinic and his sports medicine fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis, he returned to Charleston to create the MUSC Sports Medicine program at Medical... Read More

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