The wrists, hands, and fingers are used in almost every task we perform. Whether combing our hair, pouring a cup of coffee, or even just holding the phone to talk to a loved one, your hands are an integral part of your functionality. Many individuals who deal with wrist pain or other upper extremity conditions experience discomfort and difficulty throughout their daily lives.
If you are affected by wrist pain or hand pain, inflammation, or other common symptoms, it’s never too early to seek a proper diagnosis. Academy Orthopedics can help evaluate and treat many hand and upper extremity conditions.
We Help All Kinds of Upper Extremity Pain
Did you know many common forms of hand and wrist problems are left untreated? Individuals chalk their pain up to “getting older,” repetitive motions, playing sports, or other reasons. Some people may be embarrassed to see a hand doctor for something as “simple” as a finger problem or wrist swelling. Instead patients opt to try home remedies that cause more issues down the road.
However, many don’t realize that the upper extremity is actually quite complex! No matter the symptoms, there is no shame in seeking additional treatment from a doctor for your wrists, hands, or fingers. Hand surgeons are skilled physicians that can help reduce pain and decrease swelling in your wrist, hand, or fingers.
Your doctor will perform a careful physical exam to determine the source of your symptoms, plus any relevant health history. Do you experience inflammation throughout the day, or do you have bouts of sudden pain to the affected area? These details matter in determining your diagnosis.
Depending on your symptoms, you may be dealing with hand and wrist tendonitis (inflamed tendons), trigger finger, wrist arthritis, ganglion cysts, tendon injury, or even rheumatoid arthritis. At Academy Orthopedics, our orthopedic surgeons work with you to diagnose your condition and help you recover as quickly as possible.
Commonly Treated Conditions:
- Trigger Finger
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Thumb Arthritis (also called CMC Arthritis or Basal Joint Arthritis)
- Hand and Wrist Arthritis
- DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis (A form of wrist tendonitis)
- Thumb Ligament Injury and Repair (Thumb UCL)
- Hand and Wrist Fractures
- Distal Radius Fractures
- Mallet Finger or other fingertip injuries
- Finger Dislocations or Sprains
- Ganglion Cysts or Mucous Cysts
- Tendon Laceration and Repair
- Hand tendonitis or wrist tendonitis
Once a diagnosis is made, we can build a treatment plan and work to decrease pain. When possible, your healthcare provider will try non-surgical options first. Some conditions can be treated with occupational hand therapy and anti inflammatory medications for pain relief. You may be instructed to rest the affected joint, apply ice, or avoid repetitive movements. However, conditions like severe tendonitis or bone fractures may require minimally invasive surgery or other surgical treatments.
Academy Orthopedics Can Help
At Academy Orthopedics, we value our patient’s comfort, understanding, and experience. We are a dedicated private practice that prioritizes face-to-face time with each patient. Our ultimate goal is to help you return to the activities you love. We want to help get you as healthy as possible.
No matter what upper extremity problem you may be dealing with, we’d love to help. In many cases, we offer same-day appointments so you won’t have to delay treatment any longer. Give us a call today and let us get you back to a life you love!