Finger, Hand and Wrist Injuries

Timely, Comprehensive Help for Finger, Hand and Wrist Injuries

Every day we see patients who have sustained injuries to their fingers, hands and/or wrists. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as a splint and over-the-counter pain medication. If these treatments aren’t effective, surgery may be needed.

EmergeOrtho’s medical team includes physicians who are fellowship-trained in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery, as well as total joint replacement. These advanced skills place them among the area’s leading specialists in treating finger, hand and wrist injuries.

Some of the common finger, hand and wrist injuries include:

  • Sprains
    • occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn.
  • Strains
    • A strain occurs when a muscle is stretched or torn.
  • Nerve injuries
    • When too much pressure is placed on a nerve that surrounds bones, tendons, muscles, or other tissues, a pinched nerve may arise. A pinched nerve impedes the nerve’s function and leads to weakness, tingling, and numbness similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Fortunately, a sufficient amount of rest paired with other conservative methods can help you relieve the pain that you may feel with a pinched nerve. However, sometimes surgery is necessary to alleviate this pain.

Tendon lacerations can be caused by a deep cut from a sharp object or even from a burn. These cause serious problems for the hand. Finger function is dependent on tendons, so repair of a torn tendon is crucial for normal finger and hand function.

The flexor tendon contracts to bend a limb or finger, while the extensor tendon straightens it.

Repair should be as soon after the injury as possible. For the surgery, an incision is made, the ends of the tendon are found and the surgeon stretches it out to its correct position and stitches it back in place. After the tendon and the area around the tendon are repaired, the incision is closed up and a bandage is applied to protect the wound. Usually the patient will need to wear a splint for up to six weeks to let the tendon heal properly. Hand therapy and exercises will help the patient rebuild mobility and strength in the hand, and are a critical component to successful tendon repair.

You can depend upon EmergeOrtho’s experienced hand, finger, and wrist orthopedic physicians to provide the highest-quality care for your finger, hand and wrist injuries.