If you have received injuries to your hand, or are suffering from a chronic condition of the hand, you will need to see a hand specialist who specializes in treatment for this vital area of your body. Your hands are a very important part of what gives you your mobility and independence, so any condition or injury that threatens them should be treated immediately.
Whether you have noticed hand problems yourself or been referred to an orthopedic specialist by your primary doctor, we look forward to helping you diagnose and treat the problems that you are experiencing. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our caring and attentive staff.
What types of injuries and conditions do orthopedic hand surgeons treat?
Orthopedic surgeons are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of injuries and conditions that affect the hands. These include such issues as broken bones, sports related injuries and conditions, sprains, arthritis, trigger finger, and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as a host of others.
Medical technology has made rapid advances in the course of the past few decades, allowing many injuries and conditions to be successfully treated without recourse to surgery. Even if surgery is ultimately required, new non-invasive techniques have been developed which allow for a quicker, less painful recovery time when performed by a hand specialist in our office.
New Surgical Treatment for Arthritis
New surgical treatments have been developed in order to deal with issues caused by arthritis in the hand. By restoring mobility to the multiple small joints where arthritis can set in, an orthopedic hand surgeon can prevent the further development of this condition. These treatments are geared toward restoring movement in the hand while minimizing the amount of pain that comes when the symptoms assert themselves.
Many of the symptoms that appear with arthritis, such as lack of mobility in the joints, painful swelling, rash, uncomfortable warmth, and cysts, can be successfully treated with a number of new surgical procedures that have been pioneered in the past decade. An orthopedic hand surgeon can produce remarkable results that will restore your ability to perform all of the basic tasks that you rely on in order to maintain your full independence.
Orthopedic Surgical Treatments for Wrist Sprains
Some of the most common injuries that orthopedic hand surgeons regularly treat are wrist sprains. These injuries normally occur when your wrist is bent forcefully in the wrong direction, usually as the result of a fall. While painful, these injuries are usually mild, although they can also become quite severe, depending on the severity of the accident. Many wrist sprains occur while the victim is playing outdoor sports, or engaging in activities such as skiing, snowboarding, or skateboarding.
Common symptoms associated with wrist sprains include pain, swelling, bruising, and impairment of movement. The most important thing to be concerned about when you experience a wrist sprain is the possibility of damage to the ligaments. New orthopedic surgical techniques have been developed in order to reduce pain, swelling, and other unpleasant effects associated with wrist sprains. Surgery may be required to repair tearing of the ligaments, followed by a prescribed period of physical rehabilitation.
Orthopedic Surgical Treatments for Sports Related Injuries
A whole host of new treatments have been developed in order to address sports related injuries that can occur in the area of the hand, particularly in the wrist and fingers. One of the most common sports related injuries is known as mallet finger. This condition occurs when you receive an injury to the very thin and fine tendons that help straighten the joint on your finger, particularly on your thumb.
Although this type of injury is also commonly known as “baseball finger” because it is a common injury resulting from that sport, it can occur in many other situations. It is usually the result of a heavy object (such as a baseball) striking against the tip of one of your fingers, causing it to bend much further than it is meant to. Orthopedic hand surgeons can make use of a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments in order to address this very common injury.
New Surgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome typically affects women more than men, and is a common cause of numbness and loss of mobility in the fingers. The area affected, known as the carpal tunnel, is a very narrow, hollow area in the wrist that is formed by the carpal bones. The onset of carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tendons that surround the tendons in the area begin to swell up. If left untreated, this swelling can cause severe pain and contribute to a severe lack of mobility of the wrist and fingers.
Patients who play keyboard instruments, as well as those who type for a living, are the most common sufferers from this condition, although the condition can also be inherited by individuals who have no connection with these activities. Although this condition most commonly occurs in senior citizens, other conditions, such as hormonal changes during pregnancy, can also lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
The above listed examples are only a few of the many conditions that can be successfully treated by an orthopedic hand specialist. There is no reason for you to continue living with the pain and discomfort that these conditions can cause. Contact an orthopedic hand surgeon today to see what we can do for you. We would be happy to describe our available treatment methods and even our diagnostic approaches, so you know what to expect.
At our office, our focus is on treating the whole patient. This means that we will never select a treatment plan that is only meant to mask your symptoms and not treat the cause. We work with you to make sure that your treatment reflects caring for you as a whole. Your treatments might include physical therapy, bracing, medications, minimally invasive surgery, or even a combination of conservative or surgical approaches in order to achieve the best results.