Orthopedic Services in Plano, TX- Spine, Sports, Joint, Trauma Care
Your hands and wrists allow incredible dexterity in both everyday activities and in high-intensity situations. While severe hand or wrist injuries typically do not occur, minor pain can be common. Severe acute and overuse injuries to the wrist and hands do occur however. Both young and old people can suffer from severe injuries, albeit for different reasons. Children often experience hand and wrist injuries while playing or during sports. Older people can experience injuries to these areas due to a loss of muscle and bone mass.
Typically hand and wrist injuries fall into two categories, acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries usually involve immediate swelling and pain, while overuse injuries might cause increased pain over time.
- Acute Injuries- These include ligament injuries (skiier's thumb), bruises, tendon injuries (mallet finger), joint injuries, pulled muscles or strains, dislocations, crushing injuries (can produce compartment syndrome), or broken bones.
- Overuse Injuries- These include carpal tunnel syndrome (involving excess pressure on the median nerve), tendon pain (often generated by tendonisis or small tendon tears), or De Quervain's disease when tendons become inflamed. These injuries often involve pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the affected area.
Treatment varies depending on location and severity of your wrist or hand injury. While minor injuries can typically be treated at home, more severe chronic or acute problems should be treated by a professional. If you suspect that you have a severe wrist or hand injury, contact us soon after applying first aid. Our team of specialists will help make sure you get the attention you deserve for your hand or wrist.
After you visit our practice, Dr. Hayden will begin with an examination of your hand or wrist. If he cannot conclusively determine the extent and type of your injury, he might order further diagnostic screening. Onto Orthopedics maintains direct radiography x-ray and ultrasound devices for your diagnostic convenience. We will do our best to diagnose and treat your injury so that you can get back in the game as soon as possible. Contact our office to schedule an appointment or to get assistance with your hand and wrist questions.