Ideally these upper extremity conditions can be remedied with conservative management, but sometimes surgical intervention is necessary. Our entire staff is trained and experienced in treating these conditions as well as others that may arise. Whether you need a surgery or just a professional medical opinion, we are committed to improving your ailment and helping you however we can. Listed below are just some of the conditions that could be causing you pain that we are ready fix.
- Wrist Fractures
One of the most common fractures that normally occurs from a fall or other traumatic incident. Depending on the severity of the fracture, some can be treated with casting alone, however, some do require surgical fixation.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A common cause for numbness and pain in the hand/wrist. It occurs when the nerve that travels through the wrist becomes chronically irritated. Most commonly, patients complain of numbness/pain in the thumb, index finger, and long finger.
- Ganglion Cysts
A common diagnosis of a mass or lump in the hand or wrist. They most frequently occur on the back of the wrist, but can arise in other sites as well. They can be treated with observation, aspiration, or sometimes even require a brief surgery.
- Trigger Finger
A condition in which the finger can feel like it is catching or locking in a position. This occurs due to a nodule forming in the tendon of the finger that can occasionally get caught on the tendon sheath or covering of the tendon. Treatment options can include observation, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, or even a brief surgery.
- De Quervain’s Tendinitis
This form of tendinitis in the wrist is commonly caused by repetitive activity and is evident by pain normally located at the base of the thumb. Treatment options may include immobilization, anti-inflammatory medicines, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, or a brief surgical procedure if they don’t improve.
- Tennis/ Golfer’s elbow (Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis)
Not necessarily caused by the activity in the name, these conditions can occur from repetitive motions in the wrist or arm. It can cause constant aching pain on the inside or outside of the elbow which can be aggravated by gripping or lifting objects. Different treatment choices include anti-inflammatory medicines, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, or occasionally even a surgery.
- Biceps/ Triceps Tendon Rupture
These injuries can occur from a forceful injury or a sudden jerking motion. The biceps and triceps tendons are thick cables that help move the arm in different motions. Tendons can be partially or completely torn and can result in pain, bruising, and weakness. These can often require a surgery to repair, but in some cases may be treated with simple observation and therapy.
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