A bone fracture occurs when damage to it causes it to either partially or completely break. These types of injuries are usually the cause of trauma to the hand that can result in limited function and mobility not just to your hand but also wrists and fingers. Because your hands are intricate structures and you depend on their proper function to do just about everything, you want to turn to a professional who specializes in their care, such as Dr. Pedro Loredo of the Loredo Hand Care Institute serving the areas of Grapevine, Farmers Branch, & Dallas, TX.
You may be at higher risk of suffering a hand fracture if your job involves manual work or if you are an athlete, whether casually or professionally. The recurring stress increases your risk but sudden fractures are also common. As the integrity of bones deteriorates with age, older adults also have a higher chance of a hand fracture. So if you are at increased risk it's important to know where to go in case of injury.
Signs of Fracture
Hand fractures, just as all bone fractures, are typically accompanied by severe symptoms. You will usually notice severe pain, numbness, and swelling. A visible deformity may be noticeable as well, such as a protruding bone. Sometimes the injury could also include heavy bleeding.
Hand Fracture Treatment in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, & Dallas, TX
If your injury is minor it will typically heal on its own with rest and at-home care, but a visit to your doctor is still important as some of the signs may not be readily apparent.
But for any of the above symptoms, it's important to visit the office as soon as possible.
Your doctor can diagnose your injury and determine the necessary treatment through imaging tests and a physical examination.
If you've suffered a hand fracture you'll want to schedule an examination as soon as possible with Dr. Loredo of the Loredo Hand Care Institute in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, & Dallas, TX, by dialing (972) 939-4974.
How your hand surgeon in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, can help you
Your hands perform a lot of important tasks. If you are losing hand function, strength, or dexterity, you may benefit from the services of a hand surgeon. A hand surgeon can help restore your hands, so they can help you through your life.
Dr. Pedro Loredo at Loredo Hand Care Institute provides a wide range of hand care services to help you. He has three convenient office locations in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, to help you.
There are many reasons to visit a hand surgeon. You may need the expertise and experience of a hand surgeon if you:
- Suffer from chronic, degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Develop a work-related overuse, repetitive motion injury like trigger finger syndrome or tendonitis
- Experience an injury or accident which causes trauma to your fingers or hands
A hand surgeon can also help with wrist problems, including:
- Nerve entrapment conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tendon or ligament tears in your wrists
- Strained or sprained wrists
- Fractured bones in your wrists
Your hand surgeon can use a variety of techniques to repair or restore joint function, finger dexterity, torn tendons or ligaments, and other structural issues relating to your hands or fingers.
Degenerative joint conditions like arthritis may require your hand surgeon to perform joint surgery to:
- Fuse joints together
- Repair damaged joints
- Replace damaged joints
Repetitive motion injuries like trigger finger syndrome may require your hand surgeon to:
- Administer steroid injections into the affected area
- Surgically enlarge the area around the tendon, so your tendon can move freely again
Trauma to your fingers or hands may require your hand surgeon to:
- Repair fractured bones
- Reattach torn ligaments or tendons
- Repair lacerated skin and other tissues
Your fingers, hands, and wrists are vital to your ability to perform tasks and touch objects. When you experience pain or damage to them, your hand surgeon can help you recover.
To find out more about when to visit a hand surgeon and how your hand surgeon can help you, call Dr. Pedro Loredo at Loredo Hand Care Institute. You can reach him in the Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, offices by calling (972) 939-4974. Call today.
Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong, but it doesn't always tell you exactly what's wrong and if you need medical treatment. If pain develops in your hand or elbow, Dr. Pedro Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute can treat hand and elbow pain in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, also serving Dallas, TX.
Your hands are more complex than you think because they have 27 different bones. Some causes of hand pain include:
- Arthritis- the leading cause of hand pain. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome- the carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that runs through the wrist where the median nerve travels from the forearm into the palm. Inflammation, injury, or thickening of the tendon can cause compression of the nerve
- Trigger finger- it looks like your finger is crooked around a trigger, which happens when the narrow sheath that the tendons are meant to slide through becomes swollen, and the tendon gets stuck
- Cysts- cysts can become large enough to put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain, tingling, or numbness around the wrist and hand
If you are dealing with persistent elbow pain you may also have trouble performing even the simplest daily tasks. Pain may result from overuse and repetitive movements. These are some common causes of elbow pain:
- Tennis elbow- swelling or tearing of the tendons that bend your wrist backward away from your palm caused by repetitive motion
- Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone
- Cubital tunnel syndrome- caused by the ulnar nerve being squeezed where it passes the inside of the elbow. This can be due to the space it passes through becoming tighter than usual
Treatment for hand and elbow pain in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, also serving Dallas, TX
Your doctor will determine the best treatment option depending on the cause of your pain and the severity of your condition.
To avoid hand and elbow pain in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, also serving Dallas, TX, contact Dr. Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute at (972) 939-4974. Schedule an appointment today.
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