From trauma, arthritis and animal bites to carpal tunnel syndrome and
soft tissue injuries, the conditions treated by a hand surgeon are as
varied as the patients they see: children, athletes, laborers, office
workers and seniors.
"Patients with hand and upper extremity problems require individualized
care. It is important to understand the nature of an injury or
condition, the effect it has on a person's quality of life including
their vocation or avocation, and their needs and goals for recovery”
says Kevin Lutsky, MD orthopedic specialist at Paoli Hospital in elbow,
wrist and hand.
“Nonoperative treatment may be sufficient and is always provided when
possible and appropriate. Surgery is reserved as a last resort when
these nonsurgical measures have failed to relieve symptoms or restore
function. When surgery is necessary proven techniques include, where
indicated, minimally and less invasive procedures to optimize outcomes
while minimizing recovery times."
The most common concerns of the upper extremities are:
Arthritis: The joint most likely to suffer wear and tear
is where the wrist and thumb meet. If non-operative treatments,
such as anti-inflammatory medications and steroid injections,
are not effective, reconstructive surgery to replace the joint
may be an option.
Injury and trauma: Broken bones, severed nerves or
tendons, and sprains need immediate medical attention. Sometimes
a sprain looks like a fracture and vice versa. Appearance is not
always a reliable indicator of the severity of the injury, so a
medical examination to make a proper diagnosis is critical.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: When the median nerve gets
trapped in a relatively tight area in the wrist, numbness and
tingling in the fingers can result. Splinting and cortisone
injections often bring relief; an outpatient surgical procedure
to treat this condition is another option.
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