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Can kienbock's disease be caused by repetitive injury, work related engaged in manual labor?

Can kienbock's disease be caused by repetitive injury, work related engaged in manual labor?

Keinbocks disease: Is from something called avascular necrosis, when the blood supply to the lunate diminished. The exact cause is not known. Other bones in the wrist can get a similar condition but there's no link between keinbocks and these other problems. What can happen is other bones can get arthritic during keinbocks due to a collapse in the structure of the lunate and it's effect on the forces on the wrist. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Can you tell me if manual labor causes hands to enlarge by increasing muscle size or bone size or both?

Can you tell me if manual labor causes hands to enlarge by increasing muscle size or bone size or both?

Doubtful: Aside from some abnormal growth disorders bone stop growing in late teens early twenties in males and earlier in women. The muscles in the hand get stronger with use but not bigger (or piano players would have huge hands). With manual labor the body can respond to vibration and impact by increasing the fat and fibrous layers to thicken the palm and soft areas of the hand but not very much bigger. ...Read more

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I am 10 days post total thyroidectomy. Back to work doing manual labor, will i need more calcium than the 2, twice a day I am already taking?

I am 10 days post total thyroidectomy. Back to work doing manual labor, will i need more calcium than the 2, twice a day I am already taking?

This may be temporar: The parathyroid glands (there's usually 4 of them) are near, or embedded in, the thyroid. After a thyroidectomy, some of the parathyroids may be removed or affected by local swelling. As long as there is a functional parathyroid gland left, it should recover, make parathyroid hormone and properly regulate your calcium, but in the short run, you may need to take some supplemental calcium. ...Read more

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I'm 24 years old, i've had manual labor jobs where i've hurt my lower back. Each time i hurt it its by more normal everyday movements. I don't get why?

I'm 24 years old, i've had manual labor jobs where i've hurt my lower back. Each time i hurt it its by more normal everyday movements. I don't get why?

Your posture : You should be evaluated to see if your posture is the problem. You may be lifting the wrong way, standing or sitting incorrectly. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-pain/lb00004_d&slide=2 you should consider seeing a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Please help? My arms locked during manual labor, could this be a potassium deficiency?

Please help? My arms locked during manual labor, could this be a potassium deficiency?

Get evaluated: Needs more details and needs further examination. If potassium deficiency is a concern based on your history and medications you take then checking the blood for the level will not be a bad idea. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more