Hand & Wrist Injuries – Did You Know?
More than 8 million people are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome each year according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the Nation Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that can cause numbness, tingling sensation, weakness, and other symptoms in the hand. It occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand is compressed or squeezed.
Expert Hand and Wrist Specialists in Wake County
Our hands serve many purposes, and when there is a problem it is very difficult to function. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic hand surgeons, Dr. Harrison Tuttle, Dr. Scott Wein, Dr. Joseph Schreiber, and Dr. Edward Jernigan are trained to care for these issues with and without surgery. The Raleigh Orthopaedic hand surgeons work closely with our on-site Certified Hand Therapists to treat a wide variety of conditions utilizing conservative alternatives in order to ensure our patients receive the most appropriate care for their hand condition.
Common Hand and Wrist Injuries Treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic
The Raleigh Orthopaedic Hand Surgeons commonly treat the following hand conditions including:
Let’s fix what hurts
Choose Raleigh Orthopaedic to be your official orthopedic provider. We can help diagnose and treat any hand or wrist-related injury or condition. Schedule an appointment with a hand & wrist specialist today.
Hand & Wrist Clinics in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic provides treatment for hand and wrist injuries and conditions at six separate clinics throughout Wake County. Our clinics can be found in Raleigh, North Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, and West Cary-Panther Creek.
Hand & Wrist Specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic
The orthopedic specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic can handle a wide range of conditions and injuries to the hand or wrist.
Hand & Wrist Treatments in Wake County
Raleigh Orthopaedic provides a complete range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for hand and wrist conditions. Treatment solutions vary depending on the location and severity of your specific condition. Your surgeon works with you to develop a personalized plan of care suited to your unique needs.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Hand & Wrist Pain
Typical nonsurgical treatment for hand and wrist pain includes:
- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE)
- Activity Modification: alerting or avoiding activities that worsen symptoms
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
- Exercise: gentle exercises may help decrease stiffness, improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles of the hand and wrist
- Physical Therapy to increase hip strength and flexibility
- Steroid injection: Cortisone, a type of steroid, is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. It can be injected along with a local anesthetic to reduce inflammation and pain and may relieve symptoms temporarily or permanently. If pain returns, another injection may be needed.
- Splinting: You may need to wear a brace or splint to restrict motion and rest the hand
Reasons for Hand & Wrist Surgery
Raleigh Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist surgeons may recommend surgery if you have one of the following conditions:
- Your hand and wrist pain continues despite nonsurgical treatments
- You have severe carpal tunnel syndrome
- You have lost normal function of your hand
- You can no longer perform daily activities
- If you have advanced hand and wrist arthritis
- If your injury or condition limits your athletic performance
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when compression placed on the median nerve in the wrist cause symptoms such as numbness, weakness or pain. Pain may occur in the hand, arm, or fingers, typically at night and with certain activities. Carpal tunnel release is a surgical procedure where the orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeon can release the ligament, which relieves pressure on the median nerve and allows it to heal.
Trigger Finger Release
Trigger Finger is the narrowing around the tendons of a finger or thumb, which causes pain, stiffness, and a feeling of “locking” or “catching” when bending or straightening the finger. Trigger finger release is a surgical procedure to open or release the “tunnel” or pulley the tendon travels through, allowing smooth transit for the tendon.
Ganglion Cyst Surgery
Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that develop along the tendons or joints in the hand, but most frequently occur on the back of the wrist. They often change shape and may disappear on their own. If they persist, cause pain or limit function, an excision may be necessary. The majority of excisions are performed arthroscopically. In this minimally invasive approach, the surgeon makes several small incisions around the cyst and inserts a narrow fiber optic scope (called an arthroscope) to examine the inside of the joint. Tiny instruments are used to remove the cyst and the stalk that attaches it to the joint or tendon.
What to do in Case of an Emergency
If you are in need of emergency medical care for your hand or wrist, please go to UNC Rex Hospital. Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopedic trauma at all hours of the day.