Hand

Hand Specialist
From carpal tunnel syndrome to boxer’s fractures, hand conditions can affect your ability to perform everyday tasks. Many people experience hand pain, and if it persists even after resting your hand and taking painkillers, an orthopedic hand specialist can help. At Greater Austin Orthopaedics, with several offices in the Austin and Lockhart, Texas, areas, highly trained orthopedic surgeons can provide expert diagnosis and treatment. Get started by calling us or by requesting an appointment online.

Hand Q & A

What causes hand pain?

Hand pain can be caused by sudden injuries, injuries over time, or by underlying causes such as arthritis. The hand and the wrist have many small joints that work together to allow you to move, and all of these joints can be injured or affected by arthritis.

What are some common hand injuries?

There are many types of hand injuries; some of the most common ones include:

  • Fifth metacarpal neck fracture (boxer’s fracture)
  • Carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?  

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common nerve disorders of the hand. It can cause pain in your:

  • Palm and some fingers
  • Wrist
  • Forearm

Often the pain is worse at night than during the day. Carpal tunnel syndrome can also cause weakness, tingling, or numbness.

The discomfort occurs when swelling puts pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, which is a structure made up of bones and connective tissues. It’s located at the base of the hand, and in this narrow space, the median nerve can become pinched by inflamed tendons or other swelling.

Care for carpal tunnel syndrome might include wearing a splint or brace to rest your wrist, steroid injections into the carpal canal to decrease swelling, and when non­surgical treatment is unsuccessful, surgery may be required.

What are the symptoms of arthritis of the hand?

Arthritis of the hand might include symptoms such as joint pain that feels either dull or like a burning sensation. The pain often occurs after overuse; for instance, after gripping hard or grasping. You might not feel the pain immediately, and sometimes it can show up a few hours later or even the next day. Experiencing morning pain and stiffness is common.

Pain is often worse with use and relieved by rest. Many people with arthritis complain of more joint pain when there’s rainy weather, or when they engage in activities such as opening a jar or starting a car.

If you live in the Austin, Texas, area and are experiencing any hand pain, stiffness, or numbness, the orthopedic hand specialists at Greater Austin Orthopaedics can help. Schedule an appointment online or call us today.

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