Hand and Wrist Pain and Injury

Advanced Techniques to Diagnose and Treat Hand and Wrist Pain and Injury

Hand and wrist pain and injury can be disruptive and even debilitating for people of all ages. Loyola Medicine’s expertise in hand and wrist disorders includes trauma, arthritis, peripheral nerve and congenital problems, as well as care of hand paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury. When pain or restricted movement occurs, your Loyola doctor’s main goal is to restore your hand function. 

Hand and wrist pain, injury or difficulty moving can have various causes. Some of the most common hand problems treated by Loyola’s orthopaedic surgeons include: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) — Tingling, numbness or pain in the wrist or hand that occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed. This is the most common type of nerve entrapment problem. Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome.
     
  • De Quervain tenosynovitis — Inflammation of the tendons on the side of the wrist at the base of the thumb. Causes pain and tenderness, often with redness and swelling.
     
  • Hand and wrist fractures — A break in one of the small bones in the hand or forearm, causing pain and limiting mobility. Loyola’s hand and wrist specialists are able to treat closed or open fractures, along with distal radius fractures (broken wrist) and scaphoid fractures of the wrist.

Other conditions treated by Loyola’s experienced hand and wrist specialists include: 

  • Arthritis of the hand, thumb and wrist
  • Birth abnormalities
  • Blunt trauma injuries
  • Boutonnière deformity
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Crush injuries
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Fingertip injuries and amputations
  • Flexor tendon injuries
  • Fractures of the finger and thumb
  • Ganglion cyst of the wrist and hand
  • Hand and wrist trauma
  • Hand paralysis

If surgery is needed, you will be treated by an experienced, fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in hand and wrist treatments. After your surgery, you will benefit from hand therapy from a physical or occupational therapist who specializes in hand therapy.

Why Choose Loyola for Treatment of Hand and Wrist Pain and Injury?

Loyola’s orthopaedic surgeons have advanced expertise in congenital, developmental and acquired complex conditions of the hand and wrist. We also offer specialized care for pediatric, adolescent and older adult patients.

Loyola’s orthopaedic rehabilitation program provides personalized therapy programs for patients following surgery and also for patients whose doctors have recommended physical therapy as a nonsurgical treatment. Orthopaedic rehabilitation is a crucial component in regaining full use of your hand. At Loyola, physical therapy will be provided by a highly skilled physical or occupational therapist who specializes in hand therapy. 

How is Hand and Wrist Pain and Injury Diagnosed?

Most hand and wrist injuries are diagnosed through a medical examination, electrophysiology tests and an X-ray. Your Loyola doctor also will look for bleeding, swelling or malformation, as well as changes to the skin including paleness, redness or a skin texture change. During the exam, you’ll be asked whether certain motions are difficult or cause pain.

What Treatment Options are Available for Hand and Wrist Pain and Injury?

Loyola’s fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons use a variety of non-surgical options to treat hand and wrist pain and injuries, including bracing or splinting, medication, activity changes and steroid injections. Surgery may be recommended by your surgeon when other options will not work or have failed. If surgery is required, Loyola’s experienced, multidisciplinary team will provide the most advanced care for your particular case. 

Surgical options include:

Whenever possible, your Loyola doctor will recommend a minimally invasive approach which has a shorter recovery time than open surgery. Learn more about hand surgery.