People use their hands so often that it can be easy to take them for granted — until we are faced with hand pain or injury. Once something goes wrong, it quickly becomes obvious how important our hands are, how much hand health can impact our quality of life, and how healthy hands affect our ability to perform many everyday tasks.
The hands and wrists are made up of a delicate network of tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin, and 27 individual bones. These muscles and joints have a great range of movement and precision thanks to their complex structure. When hand problems arise, it’s important to see a fellowship trained hand specialist for treatment. Orthopedic hand surgeons have specialized training in the diagnoses and treatment of conditions affecting the upper extremity including the hand, wrist, and forearm.
Hand Specialist in Austin, Texas
Texas Orthopedics board-certified orthopedic hand surgeons are:’
Hand Conditions and Treatment
Our talented hand and wrist surgeons at Texas Orthopedics are well qualified in this very specific field of orthopedics. While symptoms vary, common symptoms of hand conditions include:
- Pain or tenderness
- Finger popping or catching
A few of the most common finger, hand and wrist conditions we treat include:
- Ganglion cysts: non-cancerous fluid-filled lumps that form along the joints and tendons of the wrist and hand
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: a disorder that occurs when the median nerve is compressed, making the hand numb, tingly, and painful
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (wrist tendonitis): swollen tendons on the side of the wrist where the thumb is located, causing pain and/or difficulty of movement in the thumb
- Arthritis: joint inflammation that can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, deformity and weakness
- Dupuytren’s contracture: thickening and tightening of palm tissues, causing one or more fingers to stay bent towards the palm of the hand
- Trigger finger: inflamed tendons in the finger that cause a locking sensation and the affected finger to catch or get stuck in the bent position
- Broken or dislocated finger, hand or wrist
- Nerve and tendon lacerations
Non-surgical treatment options are often the first recommendation for a hand condition, including hand therapy from our on-site certified hand therapist, splinting, anti-inflammatory medications, or steroid injections. If surgery is recommended, our hand doctors use advanced minimally invasive endoscopic, arthroscopic and nerve repair techniques.
If you have questions about our orthopedic, spine or rheumatology services, or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, book online or call (512) 439-1000.