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Hand and Wrist Specialist- Advanced Care

Your hands and wrists allow incredible dexterity in both everyday activities and in high-intensity situations. While minor hand or wrist pain is more common than severe injuries, severe injuries including broken bones as well as joint dislocations and ligament tears do occur.1 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.

Hand and Wrist Injuries

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. Onto Orthopedics, the home of Dr. Shawn Hayden, treats many acute and overuse hand and wrist injuries.

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.

Joint Arthroplasty, Care and Procedures

people walking, kneesJoint arthroplasty is a surgical procedure done to replace a damaged joint with an artificial one called as prosthesis. In chronic arthritis, deformities most often start occurring at the smaller joints. The knee joint is also commonly affected. This begins as a flexion deformity and gradually results in cartilage damage (cartilage is connective tissue surrounding the joint that reduces friction). When such damages occurs, normal function is rarely regained even with oral medication and exercise. Activities such as rising from a chair, sitting on the floor and climbing stairs become very difficult. Joints can become completely stiff.

The aim of joint arthroplasty is to diminish the pain caused due to the cartilage damage. It is this pain which can lead to immobility, resulting in weak muscles around the joint.


Knee Joint Fracture Care- Plano Orthopedic Surgeon

knee fractureA fracture is a discontinuity or break in the bone caused due to external forces which are comparatively stronger in nature than the tissues that build the bone. Fractures may be simple or complex. In simple or closed fractures, there is not much destruction, bones remain within the body and do not penetrate the skin. In complex or compound fractures, also known as open fractures, the overlying skin ruptures and severe damage to bones, joints, ligaments and tendons occurs. These injuries are generally debilitating and require intensive treatment, surgery and rehabilitation. Injuries like these can be especially dangerous in children as their bones are still growing.

The knee is commonly fractured in automobile accidents and in other traumatic incidents.1 One or more bones around the knee may be fractured. The knee is most commonly injured in vehicular accidents, a fall from a scooter and during sports. A knee fracture is more dangerous as the broken bones involve a joint. If not properly treated, the knee may heal with time but may become stiff and deformed. Most fractures around the knee need to be properly attended to with surgery. Accurate repositioning of the fractured fragments and stable fixation of these fragments is important for achieving successful results. These fractures need to be opened by more than one incision behind the knee.

Shoulder Injury Treatment- Plano and Dallas

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The shoulder has the widest range of motion of any joint in your body. Unfortunately, this high range of motion makes it easier to injure your shoulders. Minor shoulder aches and pains are common, however certain symptoms might be indicators of more serious shoulder problems. Symptoms of more severe shoulder injury include swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a reduction in your range of motion. Often, basic self-treatments can reduce shoulder pain or stiffness.

When home treatment fails to relieve your pain, you might have a more serious shoulder issue. Typically these problems come in two types, acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries might occur from falling on the associated arm, a direct hit to the shoulder, or an overextension of the shoulder joint. On the other hand, overuse injuries might only become obvious after a long while, especially if shoulder soreness is common in your daily routine. Onto Orthopedics offers various minimally invasive in-office and arthroscopic surgical solutions to help repair should injuries. The following are some common injuries and some of the solutions we offer:

Shoulder Injuries and Solutions

  • Acute Shoulder Injuries-  Some types of acute injuries include: Sprains to the shoulder ligaments, bruises, pulled muscles or strains, ligament damage, a torn rotator cuff (where tendons covering the shoulder joint are damaged), shoulder separation, and fractures to the shoulder bones. Nerve and blood vessel damage is typically indicated by a tingly feeling, numbness, a drop in arm temperature, weakness in the arm or discoloration. 
  • Overuse Shoulder Injuries- Overuse injuries are often indicated by inflammation of the pocket of fluid in the joint area (bursitis), inflammation of shoulder tendons (tendinitis), a muscle strain, or a stiff or frozen shoulder.