Give us a hand...
There's a lot of attention being paid to our hands these days, specifically to washing them often, the length of time to wash them, and the proper way to wash them. If you're tired of singing the ABCs or a double dose of the "Happy Birthday" song, Google "celebrity hand washing songs" or a similar phrase and you'll find an entertaining collection of familiar faces washing their hands to some classic tunes. Substitute the word "wash" for "love" in Gloria Gaynor's famous tune "I Will Survive" and scrub through the chorus to ensure your hand-washing is adequate, while giving yourself a healthy dose of positivity. (Disclaimer: Dr. Biggs is NOT singing in the accompanying photo, but we assure you he scrubs for far longer than 20 seconds to prepare for surgery!)
Did you know...
The human hand contains 27 bones, 14 of which are the phalanges distributed among its five digits - four fingers and a thumb. Each hand also has five metacarpal bones and eight carpal bones. Fingers contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings in the body. They also have the greatest positioning capability of the body. The two bones of the lower arm - the radius and the ulna - meet at the hand to form the wrist.
Seaside surgeon-partner Dr. Carmella Fernandez performs hand, wrist, and elbow surgeries as part of her specialty in upper extremities. In this article she authored for our website, Dr. Fernandez answers some common questions about wrist fractures, including non-surgical options for the treatment of wrist fractures.