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.
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
- 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)
- Thyroid disease
- Hormones during pregnancy and menopause
Can it be treated and how?
Carpal tunnel syndrome responds well to many conservative treatments such as:
- 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.
Your hands are highly complex structures. They help you work, do hobbies, care for your family, play sports and music and so much more. You want them functioning well and comfortably. So does your hand surgeon in Grapevine, TX, Farmers Branch, TX, and Richardson, TX, Dr. Pedro Loredo. He and his staff at Loredo Hand Care Institute help hands do what they were designed to do. Read more here.
Why should you see a Grapevine, TX, hand surgeon?
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand says that you should see a hand surgeon if you have persistent pain or dysfunction in the hand, wrist, forearm, or elbow. In other words, more conservative interventions for an acute or repetitive motion injury (work- or sport-related), arthritis pain, or deformity have proven ineffective. Pain continues or even worsens even when you are resting. Also, Dr. Loredo treats masses and cysts such as benign ganglion cysts, fatty lipomas, and others.
At Loredo Hand Care Institute in Grapevine, TX, we want your hands to operate as they should and to do so comfortably. Your hands, wrists, and forearms are complex, finely-tuned structures. Surgery requires the education, skills, and experience of a physician board-certified in surgery and the complexities of the hand. As your hand surgeon, Dr. Loredo also demonstrates excellent listening skills to hone in on your problem, and he has the compassion you need for a stress-free operation and recovery.
What we treat
Dr. Loredo helps patients with:
- Sprains and strains
- Fractures of the hands and fingers
- Carpal, radial, Guyon's canal, and cubital tunnel syndrome
- Tears in connective tissue
- Golfer's and tennis elbow
- Raynaud's Disease
- Trigger finger
- Arthritis pain and deformity (arthroscopy and joint replacement)
- Hand pain associated with pregnancy
Dr. Loredo is an expert in the latest surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release for the quickest results and best long-term recovery. He follows through with pain management and physical therapy after each procedure as needed.
Contact Dr. Loredo
Your best hand function and pain relief are just a phone call away. Please contact Loredo Hand Care Institute today for a personal consultation with our outstanding hand surgeon, Dr. Pedro Loredo. For our Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX, office, call (972) 939-4974.
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