Being unable to use your hands because of a hand or wrist injury is one of the most difficult disabilities to work around, as your hands are critical to almost everything you do. If you’re experiencing problems with your hand or wrist, the experts at The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre in The Woodlands, Texas, have extensive experience of diagnosing and treating a wide variety of hand and wrist injuries. Find out more by calling The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre today or book an appointment online.
There are 29 bones and more than 25 muscles in your hand and wrist, as well as numerous nerves, ligaments, and blood vessels, and you can injure one or many of them.
Examples of some of the hand and wrist injuries The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre sees regularly include:
Some of these injuries are acute, like fractures, which cause instant and often severe pain. However, many types of hand and wrist injuries develop over time through wear-and-tear and overuse.
The most common hand and wrist injuries that can develop from overuse include:
Initial treatments for hand and wrist injuries typically consist of conservative methods, including rest, painkilling and anti-inflammatory medication, and sometimes the use of a steroid injection.
For conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, wearing a brace at night can help by keeping your wrist straight while you sleep, which relieves pressure on the median nerve.
If conservative methods aren’t working, you might need to undergo surgery. For conditions involving compression of the nerves, a minimally invasive procedure to release the pressure can be highly effective.
If you need repair to tendons or ligaments, or you have complex fractures, you might need to undergo arthroscopic wrist surgery.
If you have a hand or wrist injury that’s causing severe pain or isn’t getting better, call The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre today or book an appointment online.