Hand Pain Specialist

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Hand Pain services offered in Porterville, Reedley and Visalia, CA

Few people realize how much they rely on their hands until they develop pain that prevents hand movement. When you need help with hand pain, you can depend on the board-certified hand surgeons at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services. They have extensive experience diagnosing and treating the full range of problems responsible for hand pain. Should you need surgery, you can depend on their surgical skills to restore optimal hand movement. If you need relief from hand pain, call the office in Visalia, Porterville, or Reedley, California, or book an appointment online today.


What causes hand pain?

Your hand and wrist rely on 27 bones and a network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons that work in sync to enable fine motor movement and give you a firm grip. These structures put up with a lot of daily wear and tear, making them vulnerable to many painful injuries and conditions. 

A few of the most common causes of hand pain include:

  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Wrist sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Trigger finger
  • Mallet finger
  • Raynaud's disease
  • de Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Nerve entrapment, including carpal tunnel syndrome

 

These conditions and others may arise from traumatic accidents, overuse injuries, or degenerative changes. 

What symptoms accompany hand pain?

 

The issues responsible for hand pain usually cause other symptoms as well. You may experience:

 

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Hand weakness
  • Shortened fingers
  • Bent fingers
  • Inability to grasp or hold items
  • Limited hand or finger movement
  • Catching or popping when moving fingers
  • Numbness or tingling in your hand or arm

 

If you have these symptoms, using your hand generally makes the problem worse because the tissues don't have time to heal.

 

If your pain doesn't improve in a few days, gets worse, or prevents you from performing daily activities, don't wait to schedule an appointment with the hand specialists at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services.

How is hand pain diagnosed and treated? 

 

After carefully evaluating your hand and taking diagnostic images such as X-rays, your provider identifies the cause of your pain and creates a customized treatment plan. Your plan may include the following:

  • Avoiding or changing activities
  • Engaging in physical therapy
  • Wearing a brace or splint
  • Using oral or topical pain relievers
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications
  • Getting an injection (steroids, enzymes, and other drugs)

If conservative treatment doesn't improve your hand pain, you may need surgery. Hand surgery could include a variety of procedures, ranging from realigning a fracture and cleaning wounds and infections to repairing tendons and nerves.

After surgery, you wear a bandage or splint to immobilize your hand, and you'll need to limit some activities. You may need to take some time off of work. 

You’ll start physical therapy as soon as possible; physical therapy accelerates your recovery, promotes healing, and restores optimum hand strength and function.

If you have hand pain, call Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services or book an appointment online today.

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