Hand And Wrist

The hand and wrist alone comprise of 27 bones

By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: January 12, 2012

Hand And Wrist

Even as your body is relaxed, the complicated orthopedic structures of your hands and wrists are still working hard. The hands and wrists are involved in nearly every daily activity, from lacing up your shoes to dialing numbers on a telephone. When pain impedes, daily activities are affected and these structures become susceptible to injury due to misuse and overuse. A multifaceted network of bones combined with nerves, ligaments and tendons mark our hands the most complex and valuable body part.

The hand and wrist alone comprise of 27 bones. When the other structures of the hand and wrist including the various nerves endings, arteries, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage are measured, the potential for a variety of injuries exists when this intricate structure is subjected to tedious trauma. This complex anatomy makes them especially vulnerable to injury and arthritis and can present inimitable medical challenges.

Orthopedic disorders that induce hand pain includes: arthritis, ganglion cysts, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, trigger finger, radial tunnel syndrome, and hand and wrist fractures.

What is carpel tunnel syndrome? Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is the numbness and tingling initiated by orthopedic pressure on the main nerve in the hand and can be alleviated and sometimes prevented by non-invasive orthopedic treatment. It is especially important for individuals in the beginning stages of carpel tunnel syndrome to wear braces at night to keep the wrist in an neutral position. The orthopedic non-aligned position opens the carpel tunnel, where tendons, ligaments and nerves travel from the wrist into the hand to avoid orthopedic nerve pressure.

To relieve the pain, preserve, or restore function to the hands and wrists, orthopedic specialists are trained to perform procedures including: Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, open release carpal tunnel surgery, wrist fusion and arthroscopy, thumb joint arthroplasty, finger joint replacement, and hand surgery.

The symptoms of hand and wrist injuries can vary dependent on the type of injury, the mechanism of injury, the severity, and location. Common symptoms range from pain, swelling, numbness, skin discoloration, dimness, distortion, confined warmth or redness, blistering, and loss of motion. Unfortunately, many hand and wrist injuries are felt to be trivial or minor in nature and are not treated early enough. The majority of conditions involving the hand and wrist can be treated non-surgically.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects over 500000 people in the United States alone and carpal tunnel surgery is performed in 70% of cases to relieve symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition caused by the compression of the meridian nerve in the wrist.

Hand Surgery

A surgical procedure to repair, improve or strengthen areas of the hand beginning with the fingers extending up to the shoulder area.

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