Expert care for your hand or wrist pain

Regardless of what caused your hand or wrist pain — whether you've suffered an injury or are living with long-term pain – it can limit not only your mobility, but also your quality of life. At Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, our goal is to help you get back to your normal life without the pain.

Our orthopedic team starts with advanced imaging to get an accurate diagnosis. From there, we form a treatment plan tailored to you. If surgery is needed, you'll have access to advanced technology and experienced surgeons.

Diseases and conditions of the hand and wrist that we may treat include:

ARTHRITIS

Millions of people have been diagnosed with arthritis.  It is a condition that causes the inflammation or degeneration of joints, including the wrist and hand. Arthritis is often accompanied by pain, stiffness and swelling.

BICEPS TENDON INJURY

The biceps muscle is the strength behind every bend of the elbow and rotation of the forearm, and keep the shoulder stable. Injuries to the tendons that attach the biceps muscle to the bones cause pain and arm weakness.

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrom, or CTS, is a painful condition in which burning, tingling and pain are felt in selected fingers and the hand. CTS is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Injury to mechanical joint problems can cause the swelling and pressure in the hand.

CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

This syndrome can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand and arms, brought on by excessive or repetitive elbow use. It is caused by pressure on the nerve in the elbow, arm or wrist. Treatments can range from merely limiting use of the elbow to having surgery.

DISLOCATIONS

Dislocations of the elbow, finger and wrist are very painful injuries that occur when the bones are moved out of their proper jointed position. Injuries are caused by a fall or other trauma, and can result in swelling, pain and issues with the ability to bend the hand, wrist and arm.

FINGERTIP INJURIES

As fingertips are very vulnerable to cuts, tears or crushing, these are some of the most common injuries to the hand. Since fingers are rich with nerves and very sensitive, injuries can disrupt the function of the entire hand.

FRACTURES

Fractures of the elbow, hand and wrist occur when the arm or hand is bent with enough force to snap the bone. These injuries are usually caused by a fall or traumatic blow and will result in severe pain, swelling and loss of movement.

GANGLION CYSTS

The most common cause of lumps or masses in the hand, often on the back of the wrist, these cysts are fluid-filled sacs that likely result from a weakness of the joint capsule, ligaments or tendon sheaths. Those that are painful and interfere with function or appearance may require treatment.

MALLET FINGER

This direct-trauma injury is to the extensor tendon in the tip of the finger, which is responsible for straightening it. Often a ball or unyielding object strikes the finger and forces it to bend farther than normal, and the finger is not able to straighten on its own.

NERVE INJURIES

Since the fingers and hands are filled with a large network of nerves used for feeling, gripping and movement, nerve injuries often happen in this part of the body. Damage to nerves can result pain and in loss of function.

SPRAINS AND STRAINS

Sprains and strains occur when the ligaments that connect one bone to the other are stretched or torn, usually as the result of a fall or awkward motion that ruptures ligaments or overextends the ligaments. Sprains and strains are common in sports, but can occur during the course of everyday physical activity.

TENDON INJURIES

Tendons are the fibers that connect muscle to bone. Tendons in the wrist, finger and elbow areas can become inflamed, injured or torn after a fall or sudden traumatic event. These tendon injuries can occur over time through misuse or overuse.

TENNIS ELBOW or LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS

Lateral Epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is caused by overuse from playing tennis or other racquet sports. The tendons that join the forearm get inflamed from overuse, causing tenderness and pain over the outside of the bone.

ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (UCL) INJURY

The Ulnar Collateral Ligament or UCL is located on the inside of the elbow. Many athletes who throw during their sport suffer from UCL injuries. These injuries include sprains from use and repetitive throwing motions that can inflame or even cause small tears within the ligament.

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