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By Pedro J. Loredo, M.D. III
September 08, 2022
Category: General

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.

By Pedro J. Loredo, M.D. III
July 13, 2022
Category: General

How your hand specialist in Grapevine & Dallas, TX, can help with carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common problem among people who perform repetitive motions with their hands. Keyboarding, typing, and knitting are all activities that can lead to carpal tunnel. Fortunately, your hand specialist is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Pedro Loredo at Loredo Hand Care Institute provides comprehensive hand and microvascular medicine services, including treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. He has three convenient office locations in Grapevine, and Dallas, TX, to help you.

If you are wondering whether you are at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, you need to know the facts. These are frequently asked questions and answers about carpal tunnel syndrome:

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

One of the main nerves in your hand, known as the median nerve, runs through a narrow tunnel, known as the carpal tunnel. If the median nerve becomes inflamed due to overuse, it can be compressed within the tunnel, leading to a variety of signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Numbness and tingling in your hand and fingers
  • Loss of strength in your hand and fingers
  • Difficulty grasping or holding objects

What Are the Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by:

  • Injury to your wrist
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive motion activities or work

What Can I Do To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

You can do a lot to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Remember to:

  • Take breaks and rest your wrists, hands, and fingers
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Do palm and finger stretches several times each day
  • Rotate your wrists frequently to boost circulation
  • Wear a wrist splint while you sleep

What Is the Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

For minor carpal tunnel, your doctor may recommend:

  • Custom-fit wrist splints to wear while sleeping
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce median nerve pressure

For severe carpal tunnel, your doctor may recommend surgery to cut the ligament that is putting pressure on the nerve.

To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, call Dr. Pedro Loredo at Loredo Hand Care Institute. You can reach him at any of the Grapevine, Farmers Branch, or Richardson, TX, offices by calling (972) 939-4974, so call today.

By Pedro J. Loredo, M.D. III
April 12, 2022
Category: General

If you are dealing with numbness or tingling in your fingers you could have carpal tunnel syndrome.

Do you notice that your thumb goes numb every once in a while? Does your hand or wrist cause you pain? Do you notice that your grip isn’t as strong as it once was? If so, you could be dealing with a common condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Fortunately, our Grapevine and Dallas, TX, hand and microvascular orthopedist Dr. Pedro Loredo offers a variety of non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical options to provide carpal tunnel sufferers with relief.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

This condition impacts the median nerve or the nerve that runs from the palm to the forearm. When the nerve is compressed or entrapped, this can lead to the weakness, tingling or loss of sensation that you are experiencing in the hand or wrist.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many contributing factors could increase your risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. These factors include,

  • Injury to the wrist including sprains or fractures
  • Wrist joint problems
  • Repetitive use of vibrating hands tools
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

If you are experiencing numbness or tingling in the fingers, particularly the thumb and index fingers, it’s a good idea to turn to our Grapevine and Dallas, TX, orthopedist to see if you could be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. Seeking treatment right away is the best option. Some non-surgical treatment options include,

  • Splinting the wrist, particularly at night
  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Prescription-strength medications such as prednisone
  • Limiting certain activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternative therapies including acupuncture

When is surgery necessary?

If your pain, numbness, tingling or weakness persists despite these non-surgical treatment options, then we may discuss whether surgery could provide you with the long-term relief you’re looking for.

What does carpal tunnel syndrome surgery entail?

Here at Loredo Hand Care Institute, our Grapevine and Dallas, TX, team offers the most advanced endoscopic surgical technology to treat a variety of hand and wrist problems including carpal tunnel syndrome. This release technology frees the entrapped or compressed median nerve through minimal incisions and minor discomfort. This simple outpatient procedure can take anywhere from 25-45 minutes, and also promises a faster recovery than traditional surgical techniques.

If you are dealing with pain, weakness and numbness in your hands due to carpal tunnel syndrome, get hands on-care from our Grapevine and Dallas, TX, orthopedist Dr. Loredo. Call Loredo Hand Care Institute today at (972) 939-4974.





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