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Dr. David Ring

Hand Surgery
Boston, MA
33 years experience male

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Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

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30 Answers
1 Agree
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
When : When we studied thumb base arthritis (trapeziometacarpal arthrosis), we found that 94% of women and 80% of men over age 80 had it. (see below) in oth... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
You : You say "involuntary", but from your description it sounds like he does it on purpose, but just isn't aware he is doing it. He might be responding to... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Yes. : Yes. Carpal tunnel syndrome is structural. A normal tunnel that tendons and nerves pass through to the hand is tighter or looser in individuals base... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
With : With no information about your age or sex, i'm going to have to make a guess. I'm going to guess that you are more than 40 years of age. All of us g... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
If : If it's just skin, then it will heal. It will take about a month. You can use petroleum jelly gauze to make it easier to change dressings. The woun... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I : I understand that you feel like you "need" the surgery. Keep in mind that de Quervain's syndrome is a benign self-limiting condition (it lasts about ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
"Could : "could it be broke". Did you fall or otherwise have a high-energy injury? If not then, no it cannot be broken. If it feels broken, that is probab... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
A : A very good and highly debated question. I think that doctors on both sides of the debate would agree that if it's possible to have carpal tunnel sy... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Most : Most likely carpal tunnel syndrome. We have a tunnel in our wrist that a nerve and all the tendons go through. Like loose joints and tight joints, s... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Three : Three months is too short to get arthritis and well within the normal recovery period. If you could move the finger well after the injury, chances ar... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
If : If it's a small thrombosed vein in the skin, it will hurt for a few days and then clear up. If there are no signs of anything worse, i would give it ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I'm : I'm going to answer assuming that this is a bother rather than an emergency. It's usually easy to tell the difference. There is a range of respons... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
The : The most effective approach to getting your health back is, without a doubt, cognitive behavioral therapy. This is particularly effective for puzzlin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
First: : First: rest assured that the idea that computers can harm your hands is overstated and likely a myth. The symptoms are nonspecific and it's not clear... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
The : The only thing that can go wrong is infection (whether or not there is something still in there). You need to give it time. It's too early to have an... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
If : If you haven't had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years, then yes.
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I : I would add to the discussion that there is a voluntary element to grip strength. If you are in pain, you may not feel secure about giving a good eff... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I : I don't have all the answers, but i might be able to clarify a few things. First of all, when a test is interpreted as showing a "tear", that impli... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Actually, : Actually, it's a myth that carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, particularly pain with typing. The hallmark symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is num... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Without : Without seeing him, my guess is that he got drunk and slept on his arm too long. He could have a compartment syndrome (too much swelling in the muscl... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I'm : I'm just like you. My hands get cold and mottled in the cold. We all protect our core temperature (the heat of our heart, lungs, and brain) as a sur... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
It's : It's disappointing when there isn't a fix. Even with all the advances in our field, we orthopaedic surgeons have to manage this on a daily basis. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Nerves : Nerves control blood flow, so your symptoms are consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a stuctural, geneticly mediated (you were programmed ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I'm : I'm sure your surgeon is looking after you to be sure there are no problems, so i will just give you the good news that this is extremely common and p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Too : Too few clues to make a good guess i'm afraid. By "draw up" do you mean it gets stuck in a flexed/bent position and then snaps open. That would be a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Classic : Classic carpal tunnel syndrome. See if a wrist splint helps you sleep at night. If you still get numb with the splint on or if you are a little numb ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Numbness : Numbness that wakes you at night is the hallmark symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome. If it's your thumb, index, long, and part of your ring finger and ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
Classic : Classic carpal tunnel syndrome. That might surprise you because there is a myth that carpal tunnel syndrome is pain with typing. Carpal tunnel syndr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
If : If it's towards the wrist, it's almost certainly a ganglion cyst. Look it up on wikipedia and see if that you in the photo. There is some good infor... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Ring
Hand Surgery 33 years experience
I'm : I'm going to have to guess the problem. Playing the odds, she has pain at the base of her thumb with opening jars, turning keys and doorknobs, etc. ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ring is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ring is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! So this means if the hand that is more sevear takes longer to heal it's normal. Thanks this has taken some worry away that after 3 weeks feeling my middle fingers still...Read More
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As a RA suffer is go news to kniw we are looking for a clue that will lead to a cure. to distract us from our daily pain.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! It always happens to me when I'm outside they tend to turn REALY weird

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine
Graduated 2005MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Graduated 1993MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California - San Diego
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California - San Diego
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital

Awards

Nominee for HMS Excellence in Mentoring Award, Harvard Medical School
Best Clinical Poster,, Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Kilfoyle Award, New England Orthopaedic Society

Affiliations

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
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