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By Pedro J. Loredo, M.D. III
April 05, 2021
Category: General

Dr. Pedro Loredo treats workman's compensation injuries for patients who have been injured at work. Loredo Hand Care Institute serves Dallas, Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX. You should seek treatment for any kind of injury, but if you've been injured at work in the Dallas, TX, area it's important to get a medical assessment from a doctor as soon as possible.

What does workman's comp mean?

Workman's compensation provides people with benefits, namely reasonable and necessary medical care if they become ill or injured on the job. This can be due to a specific incident or accident, or due to the long-term effects of a job on the body. Even when safety protocols are followed accidents can happen, and you could still be entitled to medical care.
 

To receive workman's compensation benefits, you'll need a medical diagnosis from a doctor. Your doctor will assess your need for medical treatment, any physical restrictions or limitations you have because of the injury, and your likelihood of recovery. If there has been an accident like a fall or equipment malfunction that caused an injury it's important to be evaluated right away, especially if you are in pain. Most common types of workman's compensation injuries include:
 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Crush injuries

Treating Workman's comp injuries

Once you have been diagnosed your treatment will depend on your injury or condition and you may be referred to a specialist. Treatment could include physical or occupational therapy and may involve medication to manage pain. Your doctor will continue to evaluate you throughout your rehabilitation to assess if and when you can return to work. It's important to be honest with your doctor about your pain and symptoms at every stage of recovery.
 

Your doctor will play an important role in your workman's compensation case. Documenting all your visits and records makes it easier to claim your benefits with fewer disputes with insurance, so keep track of your care and expenses.
 

Loredo Hand Care Institute is here for you if you've been injured at work. Dr. Loredo treats patients living in Dallas, Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX. Contact us for an appointment at (972) 939-4974.

By Pedro J. Loredo, M.D. III
January 19, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Hand Fracture  

Take a moment to observe your hands. Now think about this. When combined, they contain a quarter of the bones in the human body. Additionally, any one of them can break. When one of them does, this is called a hand fracture. Pain can be instant, and when you experience hand fractures, you'll be fully aware. At this time, you should visit the Loredo Hand Care Institute immediately to discuss appropriate treatment options with Dr. Pedro Loredo. The methods used in our Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX, offices could be surgical or non-surgical, but that will depend on the severity of the fracture.
 

Understanding the Signs of a Hand Fracture

Signs and symptoms of a hand fracture are apparent. These include loss of function in the harmed hand, tingling or numbness, a visible deformity, swelling and bruising, as well as a dull ache in the affected area. Hand fractures are divided into three categories that involve phalanges, scaphoids, and metacarpals. Each of these bones can fracture for several reasons, like attempting to break a fall, getting injured during physical activity, or a random accident.
 

When to Visit a Hand Specialist

In our Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX, locations Dr. Pedro Loredo can properly diagnosis a fracture with x-rays and a physical examination. Treatment options he may suggest will depend on the patient, but often include over-the-counter or prescription medication in addition to a cast or splint. Severe cases may require open or closed reduction surgery to put the bone back into its correct place.
 

When mild or severe hand fractures are left untreated, this puts all bones inside at risk for infection. Your fingers are meant to stay on your hand for a lifetime, and Dr. Pedro Loredo does his best to ensure that they are all in good health. For more information about hand fractures, other conditions we treat, and services provided at the Loredo Hand Care Institute, visit our website. Please call (972) 939-4974 for appointment scheduling in our Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX, offices.

By Pedro J. Loredo, M.D. III
November 24, 2020
Category: General

Are you suffering from the pain, tingling, and poor dexterity characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS? Loredo Hand Care Institute in Grapevine, TX, can help you with education, common sense treatments, and endoscopic surgery if needed. Your hand surgeon, Dr. Pedro Loredo, wants you to know you can manage your symptoms.
 

What is carpal tunnel?

The carpal tunnel is a very narrow canal in the palm side of the wrist bone. It contains the median nerve, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Because of its strategic location, the carpal tunnel is prone to injury--both acute and repetitive.
 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

CTS develops in millions of Americans who are middle-aged or older. It exhibits well-defined and easily recognized symptoms, such as:

  • Numbness in the thumb, second and third fingers
  • Pain which can radiate up the arm and into the shoulder
  • Tingling
  • Weakness and lack of dexterity in the affected hand
  • Shrinkage of the musculature associated with the thumb

Why do I have this chronic condition?

Many factors contribute to CTS, including:

  • Acute injury to the wrist, such as a sprain or fracture
  • Repetitive motions and strenuous impacts involving the hand and wrist (keyboarding and hammering as examples)
  • Heredity (small bone structure)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hormones during pregnancy and menopause

Can it be treated and how?

Carpal tunnel syndrome responds well to many conservative treatments such as:

  • Rest
  • Splinting to keep the wrist straight
  • Ice to reduce swelling
  • Over the counter ibuprofen for pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Stretching exercises and other physical therapies

If these do not significantly reduce symptoms and improve hand function, you may need surgery. Dr. Loredo is the Grapevine-area hand surgeon who is an expert in endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery.
 

Through a small incision, Dr. Loredo introduces a thin, lighted tube. He uses this scope to create a tiny notch in the transverse carpal ligament, thus relieving the pressure on the median nerve.
 

Will I feel better?

Yes, you can feel better. Dr. Loredo will review your medical history and examine your hands and wrists with digital imaging, nerve function tests, and other non-invasive diagnostics.
 

With a confirmed diagnosis, he will recommend a care plan individualized to your level of pain and dysfunction. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders (NIAMS) says most CTS patients experience no return of symptoms after surgery. Some may have mild numbness and/or tingling.
 

Find out more

At Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo and his team provide state of the art diagnostics and treatments in a caring environment which centers on you and your hands.

To arrange a consultation with our wonderful hand surgeon, call our office in Grapevine, TX at (972) 939-4974.





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