The hand is an extremely complex structure, containing 29 bones, 29 major joints, 34 muscles, 48 nerves, 30 arteries, and at least 123 ligaments. When these structures are healthy and intact, they work together to make the hand an incredibly powerful, dynamic, and useful tool. When an injury to the hand or wrist occurs, though, it can compromise function or lead to debilitating pain. Our orthopedic specialists at CitiMed are experienced and highly trained in diagnosing and treating injuries to the hand or wrist.
As discussed above, the complexity of the hand makes it one of the most remarkable and vital parts of the human body. Unfortunately, that complexity also means that our hands are more delicate than other parts of our bodies. As a result, the hand/wrist structure is particularly prone to injury. Injuries to the hand or wrist can be caused by a range of different issues, including overuse or repetitive stress, sudden impact, and certain diseases or conditions. Sports injuries and workplace injuries often include injuries to the hands or wrists.
Symptoms for hand or wrist issues can vary depending on the specific injury, condition, or cause. Osteoarthritis, for instance, is characterized by a dull ache. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, on the other hand, include numbness, tingling, and “pins-and-needles” pain throughout the hand, wrist, and arm. Other conditions may lead to localized pain, swelling, weakness or decreased function in parts of the hand or wrist, and other symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is always wise to consult with your doctor. While more minor sprains or strains may respond to rest and ice and heal up in a few days, other conditions will worsen over time if not addressed with more in-depth medical and orthopedic treatments. If pain, swelling, numbness, or decreased range of motion do not improve within two or three days, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
At CitiMed, our orthopedic specialists work with patients to determine the best resolution for hand and wrist injuries and conditions. If possible, we will pursue non-surgical treatment methods to help patients eliminate pain, restore function, and improve range of motion. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, healing aids (such as casts and splits), and rheumatology are all non-surgical treatment methods that can deliver significant benefits for patients struggling with hand or wrist issues. In cases where non-surgical methods are not effective or aren’t likely to yield benefits, we can perform numerous types of orthopedic hand and wrist surgery.
- Arthritic conditions (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Congenital hand defects
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
- Dislocations (wrist or fingers)
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Fractures or breaks
- Ganglion cysts
- Kienbock's disease
- Mallet finger
- Nerve injuries or disorders
- Sprains or strains
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injuries
- Trigger finger
- Carpal tunnel release
- Trigger finger release
- Reconstructive surgery (for joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, or soft tissue)
- Cyst removals
- Nerve surgery (to relieve nerve compression)
- Fracture or dislocation repair
To learn more about the treatment options we provide for hand and wrist conditions, or to schedule an appointment with our specialists, contact us today.