Hand Care

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The Southern Orthopedic Specialists, P.A. provides complete hand and upper extremity care to correct disorders caused by accidents, sports injuries, disabilities or degenerative diseases.

The clinic provides treatment for numerous common disorders including:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Dupuytrens Contracture
  • Wrist Pain
  • Elbow Tendinitis
  • Wrist Fractures
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Nerve Injuries Ganglion Cysts
  • Basal Joint Arthritis
  • Finger Fractures
  • Chronic Upper Extremity Pain

Common Hand and Upper Extremity Problems

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition affecting the hand that causes numbness, tingling or pain that can radiate from your fingertips to the shoulder region. It results when too much pressure is placed on the median nerve in the wrist/hand. The condition can progress and may cause permanent nerve damage. It is best to treat the condition as early as possible. An evaluation by a specialist is necessary for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment, which could include: splinting, medication and possibly surgery. Our physicians can also education patients about the prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome as well.

Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled lump that can appear on the front or back of the hand and fingers. Ganglion cysts can be painful especially when they first appear. Many ganglion cysts shrink with time and become painless without treatment, and some disappear altogether. If the cyst remains and is painful, treatment options then include aspiration or surgery.

Trigger Finger

Trigger finger or trigger thumb is an inflammation of the flexor sheath, also called tenosynovitis. Symptoms include pain and catching or clicking on the base palmar portion of the finger. Many people with this condition have to pull their finger to straighten it. Treatment options include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections or surgery.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an inflammation around the outer part of the elbow joint, also known as lateral epicondylitis. The causes are usually due to repetitive activities or lifting heavy items while rotating the forearm. Golfers as well as tennis players are often affected. Symptoms include pain on the outer side of the elbow, with increasing pain when lifting. Treatment options include rest, medication, exercises, therapy, cortisone injections and surgery.

Basal Joint Arthritis

Arthritis at the base of the thumb is called basal joint arthritis. It is a condition that destroys the cartilage between the thumb metacarpal and the wrist trapezium. In some cases, the arthritis can spread to the entire wrist. Symptoms include pain with activities that utilize pinching, for example, opening jars or turning keys. Swelling may develop and occasionally the joint may dislocate. Treatment options include splinting, cortisone injections, medication or occasionally, surgery.