Hand & Wrist Doctor in Austin, TX
Hand surgery is a very specific field of orthopedics, requiring specialized training and expert skills. Our talented hand and wrist surgeons are well-qualified to treat the delicate network of tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin, and bones in the hand and wrist. They use advanced minimally invasive endoscopic, arthroscopic, and nerve repair techniques. Patients receive diligent follow-up care, as well as hand therapy from our on-site certified hand therapists.
What's the Best Way To Prevent Hand Injuries?
One good way that you can prevent hand injuries is by using gloves when you are doing certain tasks such as yard work, woodworking, when working with dangerous chemicals, and other activities that can injure your hands. It is important to make sure that your gloves fit your hands properly so that they can provide the best protection, and you will also need to wear gloves that are appropriate for the job that you are doing.
It is also a good idea to try working a little more slowly. Many hand injuries occur because people work too fast. Carpal tunnel can be a problem for people who work at a computer all day, but you can do your best to make sure your workstation is ergonomic by keeping your wrists in a neutral position while typing. Taking frequent breaks from repetitive activities is also helpful.
Take off your rings and bracelets while you are working with machinery. Also, keep your hands away from moving parts. And finally, always avoid using machinery under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Consultations for Hand and Wrist Pain
If you are suffering from pain in your hands or wrists, whether from a degenerative condition or from a hand injury, it can really impair your ability to work, enjoy hobbies or sports, or do everyday tasks. Our hand and wrist doctors can help you with everything from surgical treatments to helping you learn therapeutic exercises that help minimize carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder that makes the hand numb, tingly, and painful. It occurs when the median nerve gets squeezed in the wrist.
Trigger finger, also referred to as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a disorder that makes one or more fingers lock or catch if you try to bend them. It is called trigger thumb when it affects your thumb. The affected finger(s) experience a lot of pain and become stiff, making it difficult to stretch the fingers.
Dupuytren’s disease is a condition that causes your fascia, a tissue layer found between the muscle and skin of your fingers and palms, to tighten and thicken over time. It causes your fingers get pulled in towards your palm, forming a condition called Dupuytren’s contracture.
Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous lumps that form along the joints and tendons of your wrist and hand. They differ in size and can be painful. Based on the location of the lumps, ganglion cysts can affect joint movement.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
This is a disorder that occurs when tendons and tendon sheath on the thumb side swell. It hurts when the wrist moves, holds something or makes a fist. Many new moms experience this problem and it is often referred to as “mommy’s wrist”.
The hands are a complex part of the body, and we rely on them for so much of our everyday function. Call us today to schedule your consultation. We will discuss the causes of your hand and wrist pain, and how our treatment options can help.
Texas Orthopedics Hand Surgeons
Common hand and wrist conditions and treatments:
- Bite Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Flexor Tendon Injuries
- Extensor Tendon Injuries
- Hand Dislocations
- Hand Nerve Injury/Repair
- deQuervain's Tendonitis
- Dupuytren's Contracture
- Ganglion Cysts
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Wrist Fracture Surgery
- Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery
- Open Release Carpal Tunnel Surgery
- Joint Replacement
- Microvascular and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
- Complex Hand Reconstruction
- Orthopedic Trauma Treatment
- Finger Conditions (Swan Neck, Boutonniere, Trigger Finger/Thumb)