Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic provides complete
hand and upper extremity care to correct disorders caused
by accidents, sports injuries, disabilities or degenerative
clinic provides treatment for numerous common disorders including:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Basal Joint Arthritis
Chronic Upper Extremity Pain
Hand and Upper Extremity Problems include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition affecting the
hand that causes numbness, tingling, or pain that can radiate
from your fingertips to the shoulder region. It results when
too much pressure is placed on the median nerve in the wrist/hand.
The condition can progress and may cause permanent nerve damage.
It is best to treat the condition as early as possible. An
evaluation by a specialist is necessary for a diagnosis and
appropriate treatment, which could include: splinting, medication,
and possibly surgery. Our physicians can also education patients
about the prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome as well.
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled lump that can appear on
the front or back of the hand and fingers. Ganglion cysts
can be painful especially when they first appear. Many ganglion
cysts shrink with time and become painless without treatment,
and some disappear altogether. If the cyst remains and is
painful, treatment options then include aspiration or surgery.
Trigger finger or trigger thumb is an inflammation of the
flexor sheath, also called tenosynovitis. Symptoms include
pain and catching or clicking on the base palmar portion of
the finger. Many people with this condition have to pull their
finger to straighten it. Treatment options include rest, anti-inflammatory
medication, cortisone injections or surgery.
Tennis elbow is an inflammation around the outer part of the
elbow joint, also known as lateral epicondylitis. The causes
are usually due to repetitive activities or lifting heavy
items while rotating the forearm. Golfers as well as tennis
players are often affected. Symptoms include pain on the outer
side of the elbow, with increasing pain when lifting. Treatment
options include rest, medication, exercises, therapy, cortisone
injections and surgery.
Arthritis at the base of the thumb is called basal joint arthritis.
It is a condition that destroys the cartilage between the
thumb metacarpal and the wrist trapezium. In some cases, the
arthritis can spread to the entire wrist. Symptoms include
pain with activities that utilize pinching, for example, opening
jars or turning keys. Swelling may develop and occasionally
the joint may dislocate. Treatment options include splinting,
cortisone injections, medication, or occasionally, surgery.