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Your hands are one of the most complex parts of your body. The bones, tendons, muscles, joints and nerves of the hands are crucial for almost every aspect of daily living. Hand injuries and disorders can cause pain, loss of sensation, loss of movement,
impaired functions, loss of productivity and reduced quality of life.
Why See a Hand Surgeon?
If you experience pain in your fingers, hands, wrists or arms, one of our experienced hand doctors may be able to help. While hand surgery may be a consideration, nonsurgical treatments, such as physical and occupational therapy, are also options that
can help to restore movement and reduce or eliminate your pain.
Conditions treated by an orthopedic hand specialist can include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome — treatment relieves pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and arm
Cubital tunnel syndrome — treatment relieves numbness or tingling in the ring and small fingers, pain in the forearm and/or weakness in the hand
Sports injuries to the hand or wrist
Trigger finger — treatment relieves pain, stiffness and a sensation of locking or catching when you bend and straighten your finger
Types of Hand Surgery
Depending on your particular type of injury or underlying problem, it may be determined that surgery is the best option. An orthopedic hand surgeon may perform several types of surgical hand procedures, including:
Fracture repair to fix bones in the hand or fingers
Joint replacement, also called arthroplasty, in people with severe arthritis of the hand
Surgical drainage to remove a collection of pus if there is an abscess in the hand
If you experience pain, numbness or other problems with your hand, it is important you seek help soon.
Orthopedic Wrist Care at East Cooper Medical Center
Everyday activities suffer a setback when you’re dealing with wrist pain. The orthopedic wrist specialists at East Cooper Medical Center are dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care as they treat a wide variety of wrist pain.
Orthopedic wrist surgeons are capable of providing wrist pain treatment for a variety of conditions, including:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Wrist specialists at East Cooper Medical Center will work with you to find the most effective treatment for your needs.
Wrist Pain Treatment Options
Orthopedic wrist doctors can offer several forms of wrist pain treatment. Sometimes, rest, over-the-counter medication or a wrist brace is all that is necessary to treat your wrist pain. However, if these methods do not help, your orthopedic specialist
may recommend other forms of treatment, such as cortisone shots, physical therapy or wrist surgery.
Wrist Pain Surgical Treatment
While conservative wrist treatment is always preferred, surgical treatment is sometimes necessary.
If your wrist surgeon suspects the problem is based in your joint, he or she may perform a wrist arthroscopy to diagnose and treat the issue. This minimally invasive surgery allows the wrist surgeon to see inside the joint without making large incisions.
During arthroscopy, minor damage to the joint can be repaired without the need for a full, open surgical procedure.
If your wrist is severely damaged, or if your wrist pain has not responded to other forms of treatment, your wrist surgeon may recommend wrist replacement surgery to replace the worn-out joint.
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