What You May Not Know About Hand Injuries

You are likely to get a hand injury while playing your favorite sport, going about your duties, or caused by an accident. When your hand is injured, you should get treatment from an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the hand’s delicate structures for a quicker recovery. Kristopher Downing, MD, and Daniel Brereton, DO lead a team of certified orthopedics in treating La Jolla hand injuries at Upper Extremity Specialists of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists. The practice relieves you of hand pain and restores the functionality of your hands.

About Common Hand Injuries

Each hand has nineteen delicate metacarpals, phalangeal bones, and eight carpal bones. The tiny bones are held together with tendons, a network of muscles, and ligaments that make your hands stronger than the sum of their parts. Unfortunately, the tiny bones and delicate muscles in your hand are vulnerable to injury as you play a sport or go about other duties.

Common hand injuries that may need medical attention include:

  •   Arthritis
  •   Fractures
  •   Tendonitis
  •   Jersey’s finger
  •   Trigger finger
  •   Thumb sprains
  •   Boutonniere deformity
  •   Baseball (mallet) finger
  •   Proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint dislocation

Injuries such as sprains and fractures develop from impact accidents like using your hand to prevent a fall or catching a baseball incorrectly. In some cases, repetitive movements that irritate or  stress muscles or tendons can cause hand pain or injuries.

Diagnosis of Hand Injuries

When you see an Upper Extremity Specialist of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group with a hand injury, you are subjected to thorough exams to make out the cause of your pain and discomfort. You are asked questions about the cause of your hand injury and symptoms.

They feel your muscles, bones, tendons, and check for signs of abnormality and inflammation. You may be requested to flex, pick up small objects, or extend your fingers to identify the problem. If necessary, your doctor orders MRIs, X-rays, or nerve induction studies to verify your injury’s diagnosis and location.

Treatment of Hand Injuries

Upper Extremity Specialists of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group offers highly customized treatment plans that include non-operative and operative therapies for all kinds of pathologies and hand injuries. Your doctor is likely to try non-operative techniques like:

  •   Anti-inflammatory injections
  •   Physical therapy
  •   Compression
  •   Bracing

When non-operative techniques come short, your doctor will recommend surgery. Members of the medical team have extensive experience and training in the surgical repair of hand injuries. The surgeons are accurate and thorough while handling complicated or simple repairs for your hand’s delicate features.

Other Services Offered at the Practice

Upper Extremity Specialists of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group services include:

  •   Shoulder injuries
  •   Elbow injuries
  •   Wrist injuries
  •   Non-operative orthopedics effective for tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, inflammation, and some fractures include reparative medicine, physical therapy, and medication.
  •   Sports medicine
  •   Regenerative orthopedics for tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, fractures, ligament strains, and muscle strains including PRP injections and lipoaspirate therapy.
  •   Treatment for trauma

When you have acute pain or injury from a repetitive strain injury, schedule an appointment with Upper Extremity Specialists of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group via a phone call. Alternatively, you can schedule a consultation online to receive highly personalized and proficient orthopedic treatment.


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