Our hands, fingers, and wrists are remarkable and complex. We rely on them to perform countless routine activities, from combing our hair and cooking dinner to tying our shoes and typing emails.
Because we use our hands so often — and for so many reasons — they are also prone to pinched nerves, injuries, and other problems.
If chronic pain, numbness, or weakness makes it hard to take care of yourself or others, you may need to see a physician specializing in hand and wrist care.
Hand and Wrist Problems We Treat
Our wrist joints and hands are composed of dozens of small bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Normally they are strong enough to throw a bowling ball while nimble enough to thread a needle. But if you have an injury or illness that affects the hand and wrist, you may feel pain or lose feeling or function.
Tower Health orthopedic specialists treat the full range of hand and wrist disorders. These include:
- Cysts and tumors. Our team treats solid and fluid-filled cysts and benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow on the hand or wrist. These include ganglion cysts, giant cell tumors, and epidermal inclusion cysts.
- Injuries. We manage a variety of injuries, including wrist fractures, thumb sprains, and cuts or wounds that can tear the ligaments, tendons, or nerves.
- Medical conditions. We offer complete care for chronic or inflammatory conditions that can affect the hands and wrists. These include arthritis, gout, and Dupuytren’s contracture.
- Nerve entrapment disorders. Our specialists offer early diagnosis and treatment for conditions caused by stretched or compressed nerves. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and radial tunnel syndrome.
- Tendon problems. Our hand and wrist experts treat conditions caused by tendon inflammation or tears. These include tendonitis, trigger finger, de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, and extensor tendon injuries (such as mallet finger).
Expert Care from an Experienced Team
Our orthopedic physicians and surgeons work closely with other Tower Health providers who treat hand and wrist problems. Together we’ll find out what’s causing your pain, weakness, or discomfort and find ways to help you overcome these symptoms.
Your personalized treatment plan starts with a precise diagnosis. Depending on the type and severity of your symptoms, you may need a physical exam, imaging tests, or lab tests (to confirm or rule out medical conditions like arthritis). You may also need diagnostic procedures such as electromyography (EMG) or nerve conduction studies.
Following your diagnosis, you may see providers who specialize in hand therapy, physiatry, or rheumatology. Whether you’ve fractured your wrist or lost feeling in your fingers, you’ll find the care and support you need to restore function — and peace of mind.