Hand & Wrist Pain

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Hand and wrist specialists

Our hand surgeons use conservative, evidence-based approaches to treat hand and wrist disorders like dupuytrens, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, nerve injuries, arthritis and complex hand and wrist fractures. We use the latest diagnostic techniques and advanced treatment options to provide personalized care that is tailored to the needs of each individual patient. Our goal is to restore optimal function and eliminate or reduce pain. Our hand and upper extremity (arm below the shoulder) team of fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants work together to diagnose and treat conditions to get you back to what you love doing.

Treatment for Hand and Wrist Pain

The treatment options for hand and wrist pain depend on the underlying cause of the pain. If the pain is due to an injury, rest, ice, compression, and elevation may help reduce swelling and pain. Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also provide relief. Physical therapy, including exercises and stretches, may help improve range of motion and strengthen the muscles in the hand and wrist. Wearing a brace or splint can help immobilize the affected area and promote healing.

In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain. Surgery may be necessary for more severe cases or when other treatments have been unsuccessful. It is important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.

When to see a hand and wrist specialist

The hand and wrist are made up of an extremely complex structure of joints, bones, and muscles and are engaged almost constantly in daily life. When function is limited by an injury or disease, it’s important to see an orthopedic hand specialist promptly to evaluate and treat the condition. Our hand specialists treat patients with a range of issues from nerve conditions and arthritis to sprains and sports-related injuries. Patients with hand and/or wrist pain and problems report symptoms such as:

  • Thumb pain that extends to the wrist
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Pain while doing daily tasks, like opening a jar
  • Weakness when gripping or pinching
  • Tingling sensations

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to see one of our orthopedic hand surgeons.