28 Dec 3 Common Hand Impairments An Orthopaedic Doctor Can Treat
Up to one in seven Americans will have an orthopedic injury in their lifetime. An orthopedic injury is a problem with the musculoskeletal system caused by a disease, a congenital anomaly, fracture, or other condition.
While many orthopaedic treatment centers treat a variety of conditions, the hand specialists at Bluegrass Orthopaedics are considered experts in their fields. Considering how often we use our hands to perform day-to-day activities, it is important to see an individual who specializes in the care and treatment of these injuries.
The following are common hand conditions are treated by hand doctors at Bluegrass Orthopaedics.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by excess pressure in the wrist and is probably the most well known orthopedic impairment of the hand. When this pressure is applied to the median nerve, which travels through the carpal tunnel, it can cause tingling and numbness in the hand. Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain in the hand and along the arm when gripping an object for too long.
A hand doctor may treat mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome by bracing the wrist with a splint to help the area rest, or order therapy to take care of the injured area. When nonsurgical orthopaedic treatment fails to work, your hand doctor may suggest either Cortisone injections or orthopaedic surgery under to relieve the pressure. It is important to note that only a specialist can determine if the pain in the wrist from the pressure around the carpal tunnel, or possibly further up the arm, shoulder, or even neck. Many conditions around the neck and shoulder can lead to symptoms down in the wrist and hand.
Trigger finger is caused by an inflammation or irritation of the tendon sheath that surrounds the flexor tendons in the hand. The tendon becomes pinched when the sheath is swollen, therefore causing the finger to be bent toward the inner palm. In some cases, the tendon will catch and cause the finger to release back into a straight position.
Trigger finger is often treated using hand therapy, anti-inflammatories, and potentially injections into the tendon. Orthopaedic surgery is often only necessary in severe cases to release the tendon.
One of the most common lumps found in the back of the hand is ganglion cysts. The reason for why these cysts develop is unknown. However, they’re most likely caused when the tendon sheath, joint lining, and ligaments become inflamed.
Ganglion cysts often don’t require treatment, and do go away on their own. However, if a cyst is particularly painful or disrupts daily function, an orthopaedic surgeon can remove the ganglion cyst through injection or surgery. A hand doctor may also remove the fluid using a needle.
Many Americans suffer from hand-related orthopaedic conditions. If you’re seeking pain management or a physical therapist for your hand-related impairment, contact the orthopaedic experts at Bluegrass Orthopaedics today. Please call (859) 263-5140 to make an appointment today.