Hands and arms are necessary for working, playing, caring for family and more. Because the upper extremities are constantly in use, however, they are especially vulnerable to injury. At the Center of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Excellence in northern Utah, we commonly diagnose and treat a myriad of arm and wrist injuries. Much like the ankle and foot, the hand and arm are a complex system of small bones, joints, tendons and ligaments. The complexity of this joint requires orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians who treat it to undergo advanced training and specialization.
Hand & Arm Pain and Injury
Injuries to the hand or arm commonly result from falls and other accidents. However, repetitive motion injuries have become more common as more patients spend hours of each day engaged in computer use. Those patients who use repetitive motion in their work or hobbies are also prone to developing problems in the upper extremities.
Athletes and sports enthusiasts commonly sustain strains, dislocations and sprains in the fingers and wrists. For example, baseball players and golfers often get tendonitis in their wrists.
Common Conditions of the Arms & Hands
Patients with arm or hand problems may suffer from nerve compression, such as cubital or carpal tunnel syndrome. Ganglion cysts, bursitis and Dupuytren’s contracture are also common diagnoses for patients with hand and or arm pain.
Osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis often cause joint pain and weakness of the hands and wrists. Cartilage wears away, resulting in the painful rubbing of bone on bone. These conditions are typically characterized by swelling and immobility as well as problems gripping or pinching.
Nerve and blood vessel damage may also result in pain, numbness and compromised functionality in the arm or hand.
Treating Arm & Hand Pain
Diagnosing problems of the hands and arms requires identifying areas of pain, inflammation and weakness. The doctor manually manipulates the hand and arm to identify any potential fractures, sprains or soft tissue damage. Diagnostic imaging may be required, including MRIs, X-rays or CT scans.
Depending on the diagnosis, you may be told to rest and use compression and anti-inflammatory medication. These and other nonsurgical methods of treatment are frequently effective for relieving arm problems or hand pain, as long as the patient is diligent about following the doctor’s instructions.
In many cases, arm or hand pain and weakness can be effectively relieved through minimally invasive, arthroscopic or microsurgery.
Throughout northern Utah, including West Jordan, Riverton, Tooele and West Valley City, the Center of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Excellence offers specialized orthopedic surgery and sports medicine treatment for patients of all ages. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons provide Utah’s leading-edge treatment for hand and arm injury and pain.