Wrist & Hand Pain

Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Waxahachie, TX & Hillsboro, TX

Wrist and hand pain affects everything you do, from getting dressed, eating, working, driving, writing, and all the other essential tasks of the day. If you need help to resolve wrist and hand pain, Robert Roye, MD, and the highly skilled team at Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Waxahachie and Hillsboro, Texas, can help. They have considerable experience in treating hand injuries and diseases of the hand and wrist. Find relief from wrist and hand pain by calling Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center today or book an appointment online.

Wrist & Hand Pain Q & A

What are some common wrist and hand problems?

Because the anatomy of the hand and wrist is complex, numerous problems can occur. For example, overuse problems usually develop after prolonged, repetitive joint motion. These include:

  • Repetitive motion syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger or thumb
  • Tendonitis
  • Writer’s cramps
  • De Quervain’s disease

Some issues develop as a result of problems with the bone, muscle, or joint structure itself. These include:

  • Ganglion cysts
  • Dupuytren’s disease

In some cases, hand and wrist issues are linked to medical conditions. These include:

  • Osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Pregnancy

When should I seek care for wrist and hand pain?

Minor hand and wrist injuries are common and sometimes unavoidable. Most will clear up over a few days of rest and basic self-care. However, any of the following symptoms should prompt a call to the team at Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center:

  • Areas that have turned blue, red, or paler than normal
  • Sensations of burning, stinging, temperature changes, or numbness
  • Inability to move the joints normally
  • Sensation of joint fatigue
  • Stiffness or swelling that does not subside 

Any of these symptoms could indicate a serious hand or wrist problem. Don’t attempt to “work through” hand or wrist pain, as delaying care can complicate some conditions. 

How is wrist and hand pain treated?

The first step is a thorough diagnostic workup, in which your provider will ask questions about your pain level and what led to the injury. A physical examination helps gain a deeper understanding of swelling and stiffness. 

You may need an X-ray or another imaging scan to determine if there are any fractures or additional internal damage. In some cases, prescription medication can help manage pain or reduce inflammation.

Some men and women respond well to a series of hand and wrist stretches to relieve pressure on the bones, muscles, nerves, and connective tissue. Others require a special brace or another device to keep the area immobilized while healing moves forward. 

The least invasive approach is always preferred, but for conditions like ganglion cysts, trigger finger, carpal tunnel, and fractures, surgery might be necessary to restore function. If you require surgical intervention, arthroscopic techniques can yield astounding outcomes with swift recovery times and minimal risk of infection.

To get started addressing your hand and wrist problems, call the office or book online to make an appointment at Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center today.