Trigger finger is the condition where your finger, or thumb, becomes locked in a bent position impacting the smooth movement of the joints. It's important to address the condition early as it can sometimes be remedied noninvasively, but it may require surgery to return to your hand's proper function. It all begins with a consultation, so if you would like to learn more, get in contact with Dr. Pedro Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute with offices in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX.
The most obvious symptom of a trigger finger is the difficulty in extending it again after curling it. In more advanced stages this can prove so hard to do that you may need to use your other hand to straighten it. Other symptoms include a popping or clicking sound at the joint, as well as tenderness, and a visible bump at the base of your finger.
A variety of factors can put you at risk for developing a trigger finger, but it often affects those who engage in repetitive physical activity. Age, diabetes, and arthritis, among others, have also been shown to contribute to the condition.
When dealing with early trigger finger symptoms the first recommended step is rest. Taking a few weeks off from the repetitive task that is causing the condition along with the application of ice or heat can lessen inflammation. Over-the-counter medicine can further help with this. But it is always a good idea to visit a specialist if you see no improvement, and before attempting further treatment on your own. Untreated, or mistreated trigger finger can become very serious and can lead to permanent damage.
Trigger Finger Treatment in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX
Your doctor will examine your hand and determine the best course of action. Physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and medication can manage the pain. Surgery may be necessary when these don't prove effective.
Your path toward relief begins with a consultation, so make an appointment today with Dr. Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute by dialing (972) 939-4974 for service in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX.
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
- 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.
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.
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