Hand surgeons are specialized in diagnosing and treating various wrist problems. Here are some common wrist problems that can be treated by our hand surgeons:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS):
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition characterized by the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist.
- Hand surgeons may recommend non-surgical treatments such as wrist splinting, medication, and hand therapy. In severe cases or when conservative treatments fail, they may perform carpal tunnel release surgery to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
- Wrist Fractures:
- Wrist fractures refer to the breakage of any of the bones in the wrist, such as the radius or ulna.
- Hand surgeons can diagnose and treat wrist fractures through various techniques, including casting, splinting, closed reduction, or surgical intervention like open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) to realign and stabilize the fractured bones.
- Wrist Sprains and Ligament Injuries:
- Wrist sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the wrist joint are stretched or torn.
- Hand surgeons may recommend conservative treatments like immobilization, rest, ice, and physical therapy for mild to moderate sprains. Severe ligament injuries may require surgical intervention, such as ligament repair or reconstruction.
- Wrist Tendonitis:
- Wrist tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the wrist, commonly caused by repetitive motion or overuse.
- Hand surgeons may advise non-surgical treatments, including rest, immobilization, medications, hand therapy, and corticosteroid injections. In chronic or severe cases, surgical intervention may be considered to repair or release the affected tendons.
- Ganglion Cysts:
- Ganglion cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on the wrist or hand, often arising from the joint or tendon sheaths.
- Hand surgeons can diagnose and treat ganglion cysts by non-surgical methods such as aspiration (draining the cyst) or injecting corticosteroids. In recurrent or symptomatic cases, surgical excision may be performed.
- Wrist Arthritis:
- Wrist arthritis refers to the degeneration of the wrist joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced function.
- Hand surgeons may recommend non-surgical treatments, including medications, splinting, activity modification, and hand therapy. In severe cases, surgical options such as wrist fusion or wrist joint replacement may be considered.
These are just a few examples of wrist problems treated by our hand surgeons. They have expertise in diagnosing and managing a wide range of conditions affecting the wrist and hand, ensuring appropriate treatment plans are tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals. If you are experiencing wrist problems, it is recommended to consult with a hand surgeon of the Eisenhower Clinic for an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment approach.