Through the use of multiple small joints, the hand and wrist play a critical role in performing fine motor activities such as picking up objects, writing, or tying shoelaces. Considering the amount of daily wear and tear on the hands, it’s no surprise that pain is often caused by overuse conditions, such as trigger finger or carpal tunnel, however, sudden injuries are also common.
If left untreated, problems in the hand or wrist can significantly limit the patient’s ability to perform daily activities. At the Joint Preservation Center of Towson Orthopaedic Associates, we work closely with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan to relieve pain, return range of motion, and prevent future joint deterioration.
Common Hand and Wrist Conditions
Arthritis of the Hands & Fingers
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints which can occur as the result of a trauma, such as a fracture, or a disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis of the hands and fingers causes pain, swelling, and stiffness making it difficult to perform simple tasks such as brushing your teeth or using silverware. While there is no cure for arthritis, proper treatment can provide pain relief, slow the progression of the disease, and allow patients to remain active. Since damage caused by arthritis can worsen over time, early intervention is important to the success of non-surgical treatment methods.
Trigger finger is a condition affecting the flexor tendons in the fingers or thumb. Swelling of the tendon occurs, often a result of repetitive motion, restricting movement and causing the finger to pop or lock when straightening or bending. Non-surgical methods are often able to provide relief, however, in more severe cases, surgery may be recommended to prevent permanent stiffness of the joint.