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Hand atrophy. Close-up of hands, with the hand on the right suffering from atrophy. The hand appears smaller than the one on the left. In this case, the atrophy was caused by a prolonged period of disuse following a fracture to the acromion (a bone in the shoulder). Such atrophy usually occurs some months after a fracture or other injury. Pain, nerve instability, swelling and loss of movement in the joints is common. Osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones, is also associated with this syndrome. Treatment with painkiller drugs, gentle exercise and heat can result in a complete recovery.
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