Hand and Wrist

Our wrists, hands and fingers help us be who we are – whether you are a mechanic, a musician or child at play. That’s why hand pain and other problems can have such a profound impact on your life.

Whether you’ve fractured your wrist or lost sensation in your fingers, you may need to see a doctor who specializes in hand and wrist care. These specialists can evaluate your symptoms and get you the treatment you need to continue performing daily activities.

Understanding the Hand and Wrist

Your hands are remarkable structures. They each contain 27 bones, including eight bones that make up your wrist joint and 14 in your fingers and thumb. These bones are held together by ligaments, and connected by tendons to the muscles in your hand and arm.

Together your bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons provide the strength and range of motion your hands need to grip, grasp, pinch and squeeze. You can perform forceful movements like launching a basketball, and delicate tasks like threading a needle.

Any harm to your wrists or hands can cause a variety of problems. Depending on the severity of your injury or medical condition, you may have pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness or weakness. You could also lose the ability to move (or use) your fingers or thumbs.

Hand and Wrist Care at Mercy

Mercy’s orthopedic team includes doctors with specialized training in hand and wrist disorders. We have the skills and experience necessary to help people overcome most hand and wrist problems. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Hand and wrist injuries including sprainsfractures and torn ligaments.
  • Tendon disorders such as tendonitis and trigger finger.
  • Medical conditions that affect the hand and wrist including arthritis and gout.
  • Nerve entrapment disorders like carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome.
  • Hand cysts and tumors, including ganglion cysts.
  • Surgical treatments including carpal tunnel surgery, tendon repair, ganglion cyst removal, fracture fixation and reconstruction for arthritis.

We know there is no such thing as a minor hand problem. If pain or other symptoms interfere with your independence, turn to Mercy. We’ll do everything we can to restore your hand function – along with your quality of life and well-being.

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