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Hand and Wrist Pain

Find Relief from Hand and Wrist Pain in Southeast Texas

As one of the most common conditions, hand and wrist pain can severely affect a person’s mobility, preventing him or her from performing routine tasks.

In most cases, the condition is accompanied by mild to severe pain that serves as a continual source of distraction and discomfort. Unlike many physical conditions, hand and wrist disorders need to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible considering how much people use their hand and wrist in their professional lives.

According to research, millions of Americans suffer from chronic wrist pain. In addition, over 400,000 patients undergo carpal tunnel surgery to correct nerve damage on a yearly basis.

Common Causes of Hand and Wrist Pain

Trauma to any part of the hand or wrist can result in mild pain that develops into severe aches over a period of time. In addition, unhealed wounds may also contribute to throbbing hand and wrist pain requiring professional intervention.

Common causes of the condition include:

  • Sudden impact caused by a sporting injury or accident
  • A rigorous and frequent activity that requires anomalous hand and wrist movement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bacterial infection
  • Dermatitis
  • Bone tumor
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome

Signs and Symptoms

In most cases, people suffer from a combination of signs and symptoms, including:

  • Inability to hold certain objects
  • Decreased hand and wrist flexibility and mobility
  • Redness
  • Swollen fingers
  • Sharp pain
  • A throbbing and numbing sensation
  • Instinctive urge to use the other hand (if unaffected by the condition)
  • Warmth near the wrist or fingers

Diagnosis and Treatment for Hand and Wrist Pain

Hand and wrist pain are effectively diagnosed through a physical examination performed by a qualified orthopedic surgeon.

Patients may be required to undergo an electromyography to help the physician examine the health of the nerves. Additionally, they may perform routine X-rays or MRI of the wrist and hand to get a more accurate look at the bones and tendons. Once diagnosed, our team of orthopedic surgeons may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or surgery or a combination of methods.

We perform the following surgical procedures depending on the condition:

  • Wrist fusion
  • Wrist joint replacement
  • Ganglion removal
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Tendon repair
  • Trigger finger release
  • Knuckle replacement
  • Trapeziectomy
  • Dupuytren’s contracture fasciectomy

However, in many cases, the condition may be effectively treated without surgery. Visit our website to find an expert orthopedic hand surgeon to determine what treatment is best to help you with your condition.

At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we use state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge software solutions to diagnose and treat an extensive range of hand and wrist conditions. Our expert medical services are available across Southeast Texas—including South Houston, Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Galveston, and neighboring cities.