Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Internal Medicine located in Roswell, NM
Carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, sprains, and tendonitis can lead to pain in your hand and wrist. If you’re suffering from hand and wrist pain, rely on the expertise of Omar N. Osmani, MD, and the team at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico, for high-quality care, including nonsurgical and surgical methods. Call the Roswell, New Mexico, office today.
Hand and Wrist Surgery Q & A
What causes hand or wrist pain?
Pain in your hand or wrist arises from a multitude of sources. An accident or sudden sports injury, such as a sprain or fracture, can lead to pain. Long-term health issues also cause hand or wrist pain.
Common sources of hand and wrist pain include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Wrist fractures
- Wrist sprains
- Arthritis of the wrist or hand
- De Quervain’s disease
- Dupuytren’s disease
- Trigger finger or trigger thumb
- Ganglion cysts of the hand or wrist
Because a variety of different conditions can lead to hand and wrist pain, it’s essential to seek professional diagnosis and treatment from Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico.
Who gets hand and wrist pain?
Men and women alike are at risk for painful hand and wrist injuries. However, certain factors may increase your likelihood of a hand or wrist injury, such as a job or sporting activity that involves repetitive motions.
For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is usually triggered by performing rapid, repetitive activities, including:
- Using power tools
- Playing certain sports
Carpel tunnel syndrome causes swelling and inflammation of the median nerve that runs through the wrist. The syndrome is most common in women who are age 30 and older.
How do you diagnose and treat hand and wrist pain?
Your diagnosis begins with a physical examination of your hand and wrist. You can expect your practitioner at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico to ask you to move your wrist and hand in different ways to evaluate your condition. They may recommend an imaging test, such as an X-ray or MRI to see the structures inside your hand or wrist. These tests are available onsite at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico.
Based on your results, your practitioner develops an individualized treatment plan to address your condition or injury. Treatments may include:
- Medications to relieve pain
- Anti-inflammatory injections
- Physical therapy
For example, with carpal tunnel syndrome, your practitioner usually recommends pain relievers and a splint, which you wear at night.
With arthritis and ligament tears, they may suggest arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a fiber-optic viewing instrument and small surgical tools to correct your injury.
For high-quality care to address the source of your hand and wrist pain, call Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico.