Injuries of the wrists and hands can be painful and tricky to diagnose because of the many different things that could go wrong. The wrist and hand specialists at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have the expertise needed to diagnose and treat your problem.
Some of the more common problems associated with wrists and hands are:
Carpal Tunnel. Once carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed, your doctor will work with you to find an appropriate treatment. Treatment could include medication, cortisone injections, braces, physical therapy, or surgery.
Fractures. A fracture is when a bone is broken but not shifted out of place. Most fractures can be spotted with a physical exam and x-ray. Bone fractures usually need to be immobilized with a splint or cast to prevent use of the bone while it is healing.
Arthritis. Arthritis in the wrist and hand occurs when tissue acting as cushion around the joints wears away, allowing the bones to rub against each other, which causes pain. Many treatments exist to help relieve the pain of arthritis, including massage, medications, cortisone injections, exercises, and surgery.
Trigger Finger. Trigger finger happens when tendons in your thumb or fingers become inflamed and get stuck during normal movements, causing the thumb or finger to lock into a bent position. Then it unlocks, causing the finger to snap suddenly back into place. A wrist and hand specialist will decide if certain movements need to be limited, if cortisone injections or anti-inflammatory medications are necessary to reduce swelling, if physical therapy will help the condition, or if surgery is needed.
Cysts. Cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that sometimes form on the wrist or fingers. Sometimes they are painless and will go away on their own. Other times a specialist can remove a cyst or recommend medication to reduce inflammation.
Tendinitis. DeQuervain’s Tendinitis is a certain type of tendinitis that occurs in the wrist and hand. The tendons are inflamed, and bending the wrist or flexing the hand becomes difficult and painful. Common treatments include splints and medication, although in some cases a specialist may use cortisone injections or surgery.
If you suffer from a wrist or hand injury, or if you think you have one of the conditions listed above, please contact HROSM at (757) 873-1554. Our wrist and hand specialists are available to diagnose the problem and apply the proper treatment.