Hand and Wrist
Hand and wrist pain can make many routine tasks of daily life difficult or impossible to perform. Surgical and non-surgical treatments can rebuild or rehabilitate the hand’s intricate architecture and restore the hand to its normal function.
NHRMCs Orthopedic Specialty Hospital offers a full-service advanced facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including subspeciality treatment in hand and wrist care. Orthopedic specialists offer a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments to eliminate hand and wrist pain and help patients return to normal, everyday activities.
Hand and Wrist Conditions
Hand and wrist pain may have several causes, including useage injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, sudden impact or repetitive stress injuries, chronic conditions such arthritis, or trauma related to accidents.
Hand and wrist conditions orthopedic specialists treat include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cartilage tears
- Sprains and fractures
- Ganglion cysts
- Distal Median Nerve Dysfunction
- Radial Nerve Dysfunction
- Ulnar Nerve Dysfunction
- Wrist and finger pain
Diagnosing Hand and Wrist Conditions
Your physician may perform a physical examination, or order tests to help determine the cause of your hand and wrist pain.
NHRMC Health and Diagnostics offers advanced imaging services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, as well as through outpatient locations around the region. Diagnostic radiology services include CT scans, diagnostic x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.
Treatment of Hand and Wrist Conditions
Many hand and wrist conditions can be treated non-surgically. Orthopedic specialists will first determine if there are ways to help reduce pain and restore function before recommending surgery.
Non-surgical treatments include rest and application of ice, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen, occupational therapy, wrist splints, and workplace changes to improve seating and how equipment is used.
Surgical Treatment of Hand and Wrist Conditions
When hand and wrist pain becomes chronic, fails to respond to non-surgical remedies, and begins to interfere with life’s daily activities, surgical treatments may be required. Meeting with an orthopedic specialist will provide you with options that best meet your individual needs.
Surgical options for hand and wrist conditions include carpal tunnel release, removal of ganglion cysts (masses), wrist arthroscopy for cartilage tears, operative fixation of wrist fractures, repair of tendon lacerations, joint replacement for arthritis, distal joint fusions, proximal joint replacements, and operative fixation of finger fractures.
NHRMC Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
Hand and wrist surgeries at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital are performed in a stand-alone dedicated facility in which staff is entirely focused on your orthopedic care. The largest orthopedic program in Eastern North Carolina, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital offers eight operating rooms and a pre-op clinic outfitted specifically for orthopedic care, advanced imaging and diagnostic equipment, surgical suites, and rehabilitation services.
Finding an Orthopedic Specialist
25 board-certified or board-eligible orthopedic surgeons are on the medical staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The practices have office locations Wilmington, Burgaw, Jacksonville, Leland, Porters Neck, and Whiteville to better serve people throughout southeastern North Carolina.
Visit our Physician Directory to find an orthopedic physician who specializes in hand and wrist conditions and care.
Our commitment to exceptional orthopedic care continues after surgery with specialized services to ensure a smooth transition to full recovery. Therapists with NHRMC Rehabilitation Services start working with patients before they leave the hospital and are available to assist with ongoing, outpatient therapy after discharge from the hospital.
More Information on Hand and Wrist Conditions
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