Dexterity Hinges on Healthy Hands and Wrists
The hand and wrist give you the ability to write, gesture, pick things up, play musical instruments, draw, use a computer , and more. These complex appendages are made up of bones, joints, and muscles working together.
Unfortunately, hands and wrists remain extremely susceptible to injury and disease. But with the help of orthopedic specialists trained in caring for hand and wrist conditions, these problems do not have to be permanent.
Some of the most common hand and wrist conditions affecting mobility include:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Ulnar tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Colles fracture or broken wrist
- DeQuervain’s tendinosis
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Fractured hand, wrist or finger
- Ganglion cysts
- Nerve injury
- Sprained wrist
- Jammed finger
- Mallet finger
- Tumors on the hand or wrist
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Bone injury and diseases affect all parts of the hand or wrist. The wrist contains no fewer than eight bones, while the hand involves a system of metacarpals and phalanges (small bones of the fingers). Pain in the hand or wrist can be caused by crushing trauma, sports injury, or degenerative diseases like diabetes and arthritis.
Orthopedic specialists who treat hand and wrist disorders use many procedures to provide pain relief. Effective solutions for wrist and hand problems can involve:
- Heat and ice treatments
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Hand therapy rehabilitation
- Steroid injections
- Surgical fusion
- Joint reconstruction with tendon graft
- Stabilization with metal implants
- Ligament surgery
- Tendon transfer
- Minimally invasive wrist arthroscopy
For a comprehensive assessment of your hand or wrist pain, consult an orthopedic surgeon with specific training in this medical specialty. Call 855-41-ORTHO to set up an appointment with one of Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington’s hand and wrist orthopedists for treatment that meets your individual health care needs.