Hand & Wrist
A hand fracture is a break in one of the bones in the hand. This includes the small bones of the fingers (phalanges) and the long bones within the palm (metacarpals). A broken hand can be caused by a fall, crush injury, or through direct contact in sports.
In most cases, a hand fracture will heal well with nonsurgical treatment such as wearing a cast, splint, or buddy straps for a period of time. For more serious fractures however, surgery may be required to realign the broken pieces of bone.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves ,the median nerve, is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.
In most cases carpal tunnel syndrome can get worse over time. This is why early diagnosis and treatment are important.
Trigger finger is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and a locking or catching sensation when you bend or straighten your finger. The ring finger and thumb are the most often affected by trigger finger, but this can occur in your other fingers, as well.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the sheath, or synovium, that surrounds the two tendons that run between the wrist and the thumb.
As the synovium swells, it will become painful for a person to move their thumb. This usually occurs when the thumb or wrist have been overused, especially during repetitive activities that moves the thumb away from the wrist.
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