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Hand and Wrist

Hand and Wrist Pain

The human hand and wrist are not only one of the most intricate systems within the body, but they are also often used when the other joints are at rest. Eating, making a phone call, writing, and even driving all require the use of our hands. Hands and wrists are also vulnerable to injury, whether from repetitive movement, sports and athletics, or arthritis.

Our surgeons specialize in judging and diagnosing the extent of hand and wrist injuries and pain.

At your first appointment, your surgeon will:

  • Ask for a detailed history of your hand or wrist condition, including:
    • When the pain started
    • How often the pain occurs
    • Any activities that increase or decrease pain
  • Perform a thorough physical examination of the area


Common Hand injuries

There are many injuries that may occur to hands or wrists. They can be classified into two main categories:

  • Traumatic (acute) — joint dislocations, sprains, muscle strains, broken bones, tendon inflammation, and ligament tears.
  • Overuse (chronic) — tendon inflammation and dislocation, nerve injury, and stress fractures.

With either type of injury, performance may be significantly diminished if left untreated.


Common Wrist Injuries

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) — a common problem that affects the hand, wrist, and fingers. Symptoms begin when the median nerve gets squeezed inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist, a medical condition known as nerve entrapment or compressive neuropathy.


Make an appointment for a hand injury

Call 716-366-7150