Hand And Wrist Conditions And Treatments

Many Hand/Wrist conditions can be treated through conservative methods, but some may require surgery to effectively relieve pain and restore function to the joint. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
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hand/arm in wrist braceHand and wrist injuries can be limiting to your lifestyle, preventing you from effectively engaging in your work as well as many activities of daily living. Hand joint injuries and other hand and wrist conditions can cause extreme levels of pain, have a debilitating impact on using your hands and arms and lead to lifelong issues if not treated promptly and appropriately. When you suspect you may be suffering from a hand and wrist condition, contact the staff at High Mountain Orthopedics to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified doctors and begin working to achieve healing and relief.

Wide Variety Of Hand And Wrist Conditions

Any number of conditions can occur in your hands and wrists due to repetitive motions, trauma to the area or injuries caused by accidents or athletics. Just a handful of potential injuries we’ll consider when evaluating your pain and debilitation are:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tears
  • Fractures

Any prolonged or worsening pain in your hand or wrist should be evaluated medically to determine the root cause and begin your treatment plan.

Treatments For Hand And Joint Injuries

We offer many treatment paths for the conditions responsible for your hand and wrist pain and limited usage. Some are very conservative, like using anti-inflammatory agents while employing RICE — rest, ice, compression, elevation — to promote healing. Splinting, casting or using braces can help many conditions tremendously.

For more serious injuries or conditions, surgical intervention may become necessary. A sample of the surgeries we perform include:

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Trigger finger release
  • De Quervain’s Tendon release
  • Tear repairs
  • Cyst aspiration or removal

Contact High Mountain Orthopedic To Schedule Your Consultation

When you’re suffering from a hand or wrist injury or condition, call our orthopedic practice right away so we can completely investigate your case and ensure you begin treatment as soon as possible to limit your pain and disability. Contact us at 973-595-7779. We have locations in Wayne, Englewood and Paramus, New Jersey, to best suit your needs. We also offer early morning hours several days per week and maintain an affiliated physical therapy center to enhance the healing process.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that leads to numbness, tingling and other symptoms manifested in the hand and/or arm, and is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Factors that facilitate the syndrome include anatomy of your wrist, underlying health issues, and sometimes patterns of hand usage. Fortunately, people with carpal tunnel syndrome are usually relieved of their symptoms and loss of wrist functionality with proper treatment.

You might have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if…

  • You experience tingling or numbness in your fingers or hand, particularly in your thumb, index, middle and/or ring fingers (though not in your little finger), which might occur when holding a steering wheel, phone, or newspaper, or while waking from sleep. These sensations might extend from the wrist up to the arm
  • You feel weakness in your hand, which may lead to a tendency to drop objects

What is Carpal Tunnel Release?

Carpal Tunnel Release is a procedure used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. The procedure provides more room for the median nerve and tendons passing through the tunnel, typically leading to improved pain and function.

You might need Carpal Tunnel Release if…

  • You have pain and weakness in your hand caused by pressure in the wrist
  • The muscles in your hand and wrist become smaller as your nerve is being pinched
  • Nonsurgical interventions do not relieve pain
  • Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome persist for 6 months or longer

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a condition under which the tendons in the fingers and/or thumbs become painfully inflamed, causing the fingers and/or thumbs to catch or lock when bent.

You might have Trigger Finger if…

  • You experience soreness at the base of the finger or thumb.
  • You feel a painful clicking or snapping when bending and/or straightening your finger

What is Trigger Finger Release?

Trigger finger release surgery is a procedure that divides a ligament at the base of the finger to release the inflamed tendon that causes the patient’s trigger finger (a condition that causes your finger or thumb to click or get stuck when making a fist).  Trigger finger release will enable the tendon to move freely.

You might need Trigger Finger Release if…

  • You experience finger stiffness, especially during morning hours
  • You experience popping and/or clicking sensations during finger movement
  • You feel tenderness or a bump in the palm at the base of your affected finger
  • You experience finger catching or locking when bending, followed by sudden straight pops
  • You are unable to straighten your finger when it is locked in a bent position

What is a Wrist Sprain?

A wrist sprain is a common injury that results in a stretch and/or tear of the ligaments in the wrist, which leads to a sprain. A wrist sprain occurs when the wrist is forcefully bent, perhaps in a fall onto an outstretched hand, or in similar situations.

You might have a Wrist Sprain if…

  • You experience swelling in the wrist
  • You feel an acute onset of pain at the time the injury occurs
  • Pain persists whenever you move your wrist
  • You experience bruising or skin discoloration around your wrist
  • You feel tenderness in and/or around the affected area
  • You feel popping and/or tearing inside of your wrist
  • You feel a warm or feverish feeling in the skin near your wrist

What is a TFCC Tear?

A TFCC Tear is a tear of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), which is found in the wrist and functions by stabilizing your joints.

You might have a TFCC Tear if…

  • You have pain at the base of the small finger side of your wrist
  • Your pain increases whenever you bend your wrist
  • You have swelling in your wrist
  • You experience a painful clicking in your wrist
  • You experience a loss of strength in your grip

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