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Wrist/Hand

Do I really want an on-line office visit?
 
This is an important question to ask when many are tightening their belts for this unfortunate
situation.
 
If you have an acute injury such as a laceration with possible tendon or nerve injury or fell and
are concerned about a fracture an on-line visit may not be for you. Most likely you will need a
hands on evaluation to determine if surgery is indicated, for application of a cast or other
hands on intervention. I will continue to provide in office services for these injuries or any other
concern that you feel is urgent.
 
Special mention should be given to questions about infections. Cell phone images and on-line
cameras automatically adjust color making images difficult to interpret. I would recommend being seen in real life for these questions.
 
If you do not have an acute injury, current regulations will prevent any surgical treatment and you may wish to simply hold on until these regulations are lifted. Many of the non-urgent
conditions can be temporized.
 
Some common examples may help:
 
1. If you have numbness in your fingers, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Perhaps buy an over the counter brace at the local drug store. This is best worn at night.
2. If you have painful clicking or locking in your fingers. you likely have a trigger finger.
You can apply a splint to the affected finger to keep it from moving.
3.If you have pain on the outside of your elbow, you likely have tennis elbow. Wearing a
carpal tunnel splint will rest the muscle that is causing pain at the elbow and ease the
discomfort. You can also go on line and look at stretching exercises that can be done at home.
4. Pain at the base of the thumb with thumb motions and forceful grip is likely arthritis
and your best bet is an over the counter medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
 
Currently surgery for these conditions is prohibited. While you are welcome to schedule
an on-line visit, surgery cannot be scheduled at this point, so you will be limited to the above
home treatments. Steroid injections often help but they require an office visit.
 
Please also understand that a “physical examination” and X-ray is not possible on-line limiting
the ability to provide you a definite diagnosis. While we are happy to do our best on line, there
are limitations. Stay well.

 

 

Hand and wrist pain can be the result of a condition that has developed over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, or of as the result of an injury from an accidental fall, such as a fracture or jam, or recent sports injury, such as a fracture or sprain.

In some cases, and if not detected early, conditions such as carpal tunnel, pressure caused by repetitive motions on the median nerve, may create severe pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, and forearm, making surgery a possible treatment option to relieving your hand and wrist pain.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of hand and wrist pain, it may be time to seek medical treatment from a hand and wrist doctor before your symptoms worsen:

  • Increased joint pain or thumb pain
  • Finger joint pain when carrying, gripping, grasping, or twisting objects
  • Swelling and discomfort in the hand or around the affected joint
  • Changes in the surrounding joints - if you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your neighboring finger joints may become more mobile than normal
  • You hand, palm, and fingers may feel warm or appear red in color
  • Hand numbness, tingling, or throbbing while resting or sleeping 
  • A sensation of grating or grinding in the affected joint - this is caused by damaged cartilage
  • Developing cysts on the end joints of your fingers - this is caused by conditions such as arthritis
  • Swelling or significant bruising in the wrist, around the joint, or over the forearm. 
  • Difficulty straightening your wrist

At Western Orthopaedics, we understand that pain in the hand and wrist can make simple, everyday activities challenging. If you are suffering from hand or wrist pain or have a hand or wrist injury or condition, consults with our hand doctor at Western Orthopaedics by calling 303-321-1333.

To learn more about the wrist, hand, and digits, please feel free to visit the links below.

Common Conditions of the Wrist and Hand:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome results from pressure on the MEDIAN NERVE at the wrist.
  • Fractures of the bones of the Finger/hand (broken bones)

    The bones of the hand consist of the METACARPALS and PHALANGES.
  • Ganglion Cyst

    Ganglion cysts are fluid filled sacks that arise from the tissue (synovium) that lines the joints and tendons.
  • Injury of the Wrist Ligaments

    There are three main ligaments of the wrist. These are the SCAPHO-LUNATE LIGAMENT, the LUNO-TRIQUETRAL LIGAMENT and the TRIANGULAR FIBROCARTILAGE (TFCC).
  • Tendon Lacerations

    Tendons are the tissue that connect the muscle to the bone. As the muscle contracts it pulls on the tendon which then pulls on the bone moving the joints.
  • Trigger Finger

    TRIGGER FINGER is a common cause of FINGER PAIN. Many times the affected finger(s) also catch or click with motion.