Pacific Rim Orthopedic Surgeons

Hand & Wrist

Hand & Wrist Injuries

The hand is a very complex organ with multiple joints, and different types of ligaments, tendons and nerves. With constant use, it is no wonder that hand injuries are common. Hand injuries can result from excessive use, degenerative disorders or trauma. 

Pacific Rim Orthopedic Surgeons has a fellowship-trained specialist in hand and wrist procedures. Nerves damaged by injury can be disabling and result in loss of hand function. It is vital to seek medical help as soon as possible after any hand injury.

Read below to discover the services we offer as well as the conditions we treat for the elbow!

A man massaging the palm of his hand.

Hand & Wrist Services and Conditions

Finger joint replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is most commonly recommended as an arthritis treatment that has caused significant joint damage in the fingers.

A sprained wrist is a very common type of injury that can happy to athletes of any sport. It happens when the ligaments that support the wrist are stretched being their limits, tear, or are bent and twisted forcefully.

Wrist breaks, also known as wrist fractures, are broken wrists. Meaning a break in any of the eight small bones that connect the two long forearm bones, called the radius and ulna, and include a break in these forearm bones.

Arthritis is a disease that attacks the tissues of the joints, of which there are three in the wrist and twenty-seven in the hand. While Arthritis comes in different forms, several of which commonly develop in the joints of the hands and wrist.

People who’ve developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome often experience weakness in the hand and wrist, pain, and numbness. Treatments for this condition span the spectrum of lifestyle adjustments to surgical intervention.

‘Hand surgery’ covers a wide range of different surgeries on the hand, from plastic surgery to restore the cosmetic appearance to surgeries meant to restore the function of the hand. Surgery on the hand can aim to relieve inflammation, and pain, repair tendons and nerves, or correct a deformity or injury.

Tendinitis, or tendonitis, is an irritation of the tendon that causes it to swell and become inflamed. The condition is considered an overuse injury as it develops from repetitive strain of the affected tendon.

Dupuytren contracture, also known as Dupuytren disease, is a genetic disorder that causes the tissue under the skin of the palms and fingers to thicken and tighten. Though painless, its effects cause the fingers to bend to the point they can no longer be straightened.

Motor functions in the arm are primarily controlled by the radial nerve, including rotating the forearm and straightening the wrist or fingers. When compressed, these simple motions become difficult and painful, a tell-tale sign of radial tunnel syndrome.