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Hand & Wrist Injuries

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

You rely on your hands and wrists to perform a number of daily functions, from brushing your teeth to typing out emails. Because of their regular use, hand and wrist injuries are common. At Wisconsin River Orthopaedics in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating hand and wrist injuries. They even have on-staff hand therapists who help relieve your pain and restore normal function. For expert care of your hand or wrist injury, call the office or click the online booking button today.

Hand & Wrist Injuries Q & A

What are common hand and wrist injuries?

There are many types of hand and wrist injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Trigger finger
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Hand and wrist injuries may develop from an acute injury while playing sports or an accident at work. Overuse of your hand or wrist also leads to injuries.  

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics specializes in sports medicine and sees a lot of hand and wrist injuries in athletes who play contact sports like wrestling and football. 

When should I seek medical help for hand and wrist injuries?

You may be able to manage a minor hand or wrist injury at home. 

However, you should seek immediate care from the experts at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics if your hand or wrist injury develops from an acute accident, causes severe pain, or fails to improve within a few days of at-home care. 

The team also recommends you schedule a consultation for your hand or wrist injury if you have an obvious deformity or limited use of the hand or wrist. 

How are hand and wrist injuries diagnosed?

The team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics conducts thorough exams when you come in with concerns about a hand or wrist injury. The goal of the exam is to determine the right diagnosis so you get the best possible care.

Your provider reviews the inciting incident that caused your injury and your immediate symptoms. They examine your hand and wrist to assess strength, mobility, and function.

To confirm a diagnosis, the team runs imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs. Wisconsin River Orthopaedics has an on-site open MRI machine so they can get the imaging tests you need right away. 

How are hand and wrist injuries treated?

Treatment for hand and wrist injuries varies and depends on the type of injury, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. 

Initially, the team takes a conservative approach to care and your treatment plan may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • On-site hand therapy
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Splinting, bracing, or casting
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation to administer medication
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Injection therapy

When conservative treatments fail to improve your hand or wrist injury, your orthopaedic expert at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics may recommend surgical intervention. 

The skilled surgeons perform many procedures to address a wide range of needs, including wrist or thumb arthroplasty, arthroscopy, and nerve or tendon repair. 

For comprehensive care for your hand or wrist injury, call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or request an appointment online today.