Hand & Wrist


Hand and Wrist Pain

The human hand and wrist are not only one of the most intricate systems within the body but also the hand is put to use even when other joints are at rest. Eating, placing a phone call, writing, even driving all require the use of our hands. Hands and wrists are also vulnerable to injury, whether from repetitive movement, sports and athletics, or arthritis. It is no wonder that hand or wrist pain caused by any number of injuries are some of the most difficult of injuries to deal with on a daily basis.

Lakeshore Orthopedic Group specializes in judging and diagnosing the extent of hand and wrist injuries and pain. We can provide the right diagnosis and offer treatment options for a patient’s hand pain and discomfort. At your first appointment, your Lakeshore Orthopedic physician will ask for a detailed history of your hand or wrist condition (when the pain started, how often it occurs, any activities that increase or decrease it, etc.) and perform a thorough physical examination of the area.

Common hand injuries:

There are a number of injuries that may occur to ones hands or wrists. They can be classified into two main categories: traumatic (acute) and overuse (chronic). Long-term disability is less likely to occur from overuse injuries than from traumatic injuries. However, with either type of injury, performance may be significantly diminished if left untreated. Surgical treatment may be required if an injury persists. Traumatic injuries include joint dislocations, sprains, muscle strains, broken bones, tendon inflammation, and ligament tears. Overuse injuries are stress-induced and include tendon inflammation and dislocation, nerve injury, and over use stress fractures.

Common wrist injuries:

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common problem that affects the hand and fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem affecting the hand and wrist. Symptoms begin when the median nerve gets squeezed inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist, a medical condition known as nerve entrapment or compressive neuropathy. Any condition that decreases the size of the carpal tunnel or enlarges the tissues inside the tunnel can produce the symptoms of CTS./

This syndrome has received a lot of attention in recent years because of suggestions that it may be linked with occupations that require repeated use of the hands, such as typing on a computer keyboard or doing assembly work. Actually, many people develop this condition regardless of the type of work they do.