Treatments & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

Hand Injuries & Conditions | Hand Microsurgery in Erie, PA

The professional medical staff at Hand Microsurgery specializes in the treatment of the hand, as well as the upper extremities. The hand is one of the most intricate and flexible structures of the body. Your hands are made up of more bones and moving parts than most areas of your body. Not only do hands enable us to grasp and move objects, they also detect warmth and texture. The hand is incomparable in its sensitivity, mobility and strength. Your hands play a vital role in nearly everything you do. Since hands have so many different functions, they are often prone to accident or injury. Three common hand problems are tendinitis, lumps, and contractures. If one of these problems is causing you pain or impairing function, it may be time to consider professional medical assistance. Listed below are a few common hand injuries or conditions.


Arthritis of the Hand

The hand and wrist have multiple small joints that work together to perform a motion. When the joints are affected by arthritis, activities of daily living can be difficult. Arthritis can occur in many areas of the hand and wrist and can have more than one cause. Over time, if the arthritis is not treated, the bones that make up the joint can lose their normal shape. This causes more pain and further limits motion.

A few common symptoms experienced by people with arthritis include:

  • Pain, most commonly after periods of increased joint use
  • Swelling
  • Changes in surrounding joints
  • Warm to touch
  • Grating or grinding sensation in the joint area
  • Small cysts

Fractures, particularly those that damage the joint surface, and dislocations are among the most common injuries that lead to arthritis. Even when properly treated, an injured joint is more likely to develop arthritis over time. When arthritis occurs due to disease, the onset of symptoms is gradual and the cartilage decreases slowly. The two most common forms of arthritis from disease are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Hand Fractures

Fractures of the hand can occur in either the small or long bones of the fingers. They can result from a twisting injury, fall, crush injury, or direct contact in sports.

A few of the main hand fracture symptoms people experience are:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Inability to move finger
  • Shortened finger
  • Finger crosses over its neighbor when making a partial fist

In the event of a fracture, there are many forms of medical treatment available. These include passive exercises, active (flexing and extending) exercises, and splints to maintain or increase range of motion achieved through therapy. Most cases are able to be treated without surgery. Our team of experienced medical staff at Hand Microsurgery are specialized in treating the hand.

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