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3 Secrets for Avoiding Calluses While Weightlifting

3 Secrets for Avoiding Calluses While Weightlifting

If your favorite way to destress after a long, hard day is pumping iron at the gym, you know all too well that after several intense weight-training sessions, your hands can start to look (and feel) a little worse for the wear. Rough calluses are unsightly, uncomfortable, and overall unpleasant. And let’s face it—your significant other probably doesn’t like holding hands when your palm feels like sandpaper.… Learn More

The History of Your Favorite Hand Signal

The History of Your Favorite Hand Signal

In many ways, we use our hands to communicate. From a friendly wave to a neighbor to a sly signal from the catcher to the pitcher in a baseball game, our hands help us convey messages to those around us. Let’s talk about three of the most commonly used hand signals here in the United States—thumbs up, the peace sign, and hang loose.… Learn More

The Hurtful Hangnail: How to Treat It and How to Prevent It

The Hurtful Hangnail: How to Treat It and How to Prevent It

The dreaded hangnail—at some point or another, you’re bound to experience one. Hangnails are frustrating because they not only ruin a manicure, they can also be pretty painful. Next time you find yourself suffering from an irritated and inflamed cuticle, try a few of these tips to ease the pain and prevent hangnails from happening in the future.… Learn More

5 Exciting Push-up Variations to Add to the Workout Routine

5 Exciting Push-up Variations to Add to the Workout Routine

The push-up is a classic exercise that builds your chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. Push-ups make a great addition to any workout plan for several reasons. First, you can do push-ups anywhere as they do not require fancy equipment. While some push-up variations do use certain objects, there are plenty of variations that only require your own body weight. Second, the seemingly infinite number of push-up variations allow you to frequently mix-up your routine.… Learn More

DIY Salve Makes Hands Happy and Healthy

DIY Salve Makes Hands Happy and Healthy

We use our hands for so many daily tasks—planting flowers in the garden, washing the dishes, typing a work report—and it can really take a toll on our hand health. Our hands can become dry, calloused, scratched, and irritated. Hand salve is a great tool for protecting our hands and healing them when they’re in need of a little TLC—but store-bought hand salve can be pricey, and they’re usually chock full of chemicals.… Learn More

3 Hand Conditions to Be Aware Of

3 Hand Conditions to Be Aware Of

Many people have heard of trigger finger or carpal tunnel, but there are other lesser-known (but still common) hand conditions that many people have never heard of before. Raynaud’s Phenomenon, Dupuytren’s Disease, and De Quervain’s Tendonitis are three hand conditions that we treat often here at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas. … Learn More

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Trigger Finger

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a common condition that we see in our patients here at the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas. Trigger finger can occur in any finger or thumb, and makes it difficult to straighten the fingers—and, consequently, makes it difficult to perform simple, everyday tasks. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the causes, symptoms, and treatments for trigger finger. … Learn More

How to Protect Hands While Gardening

How to Protect Hands While Gardening

Spring in Texas this year begins on March 20th, 2017. Warmer weather means more time to spend in your garden growing your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers! If gardening is one of your hobbies, or if it’s an activity you’ve considered getting into, it’s important to always protect your hands. The elements, the use of gardening tools, and the repetitive nature of gardening can have a significant impact on your hands.… Learn More

Secrets for a Beautiful At-Home Manicure

Secrets for a Beautiful At-Home Manicure

Yesterday, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. We’re grateful for the women that make our lives better, brighter, and more inspired. Women often seem to have a lot on their plates—between working the 9–5 grind, chauffeuring children to school, and making delicious dinners for the family, treating themselves can sometimes take a backseat. So, women around the world, enjoy a little me-time today.… Learn More

Top 4 Strengthening Exercises for Your Wrists

Top 4 Strengthening Exercises for Your Wrists

March is National Athletic Training Month. Spearheaded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, their 2017 slogan is “Your protection is our priority.” At the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, we share these sentiments as the protection of your hands are our number one priority. After all, they are your most valuable tools! Strengthening your wrists is a great way to prevent potential issues down the road, whether you have ever suffered a wrist injury or not.… Learn More