At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of hand injuries and conditions.
Hand specialists sometimes perform hand surgery and related wrist surgery, such as carpal tunnel release. There are many reasons why hand surgery might be needed, like in the cases of nerve issues, tendon conditions, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, or work-related injuries.
Since the wrist is closely related to the hand, there are many times when a doctor can treat both. This type of specialist may also work in sports medicine, since some athletes sustain hand or wrist injuries while playing a sport. Some injuries and conditions receive nonsurgical orthopedic treatments that help, but others may require hand surgery to help resolve or alleviate the issue.
Hand injuries are common, for example, it is easy for a patient to jam a thumb or fracture their hand or wrist as they catch themselves after a fall. But on-going problems also cause pain, like arthritis, which can bring about stiffness. Carpal tunnel syndrome is another condition that can be treated through surgery by a hand surgeon. Nerve damage can also be a problem, but with treatment from a skilled orthopedic surgeon, many patients experience reduced pain from this and other hand or wrist injuries.
When It's Time to Seek Hand Care
When you have hand or wrist pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences hand issues differently, here are examples of common hand symptoms you may be noticing:
- Bone-on-bone sensation
- Clicking sound when using your hand
- Daily use of wrist or hand causes pain
- End of the finger bends inwards
- Forearm pain
- Lump felt on the hand
- Wrist pain that extends to the hand
Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common hand problems or injuries:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Digital tendon entrapment
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Ganglion cyst
- Mallet finger
- Nerve injuries (can extend to the elbow and wrist)
- Popped blood vessel
- Sports-related injury
- Trigger finger
Taking good care of yourself means seeing a hand specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected joint. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with one of our hand doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Hand Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your hand or wrist issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your specialist to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your hand pain.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained hand surgeons, Dr. David Everman, Dr. J. Christopher Gayton, Dr. Robert Leak, and Dr. Andrew Putman, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating hand injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our hand specialists are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. At the same time, our hand surgeons will recommend surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your hand or wrist pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your hand issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hand surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our convenient locations in Carolina Forest, Conway, or Murrells Inlet. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.