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Hand Pain

Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Lake Charles, LA & Moss Bluff, LA

Almost everyone experiences occasional hand pain. But if your symptoms last for several weeks, or they get worse with at-home care, make an appointment to meet with an orthopedic specialist. The experienced orthopedic surgeons at the Center for Orthopaedics have years of experience providing diagnostic testing and treatment for various conditions that cause hand pain. Call the office today or schedule online to make an appointment at the practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Hand Pain Q & A

What is hand pain?

Hand pain is any stiffness, swelling, or general discomfort affecting your fingers, wrists, or other parts of your hands. The specialists at the Center for Orthopaedics boast significant experience diagnosing and treating many hand and wrist conditions.

What causes hand pain?

Common causes of hand pain include:

  • Hand and wrist fractures
  • Overuse
  • Hand and wrist sprains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Trigger finger
  • Tendon, artery, and nerve injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Congenital hand conditions
  • Hand tumors and nodules
  • Arthritis of the hand and wrist

Your child might also experience hand pain caused by a pediatric hand condition.

When should I see an orthopedic specialist for hand pain?

Most cases of hand pain respond to conservative, at-home treatments like ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication. If your pain continues or gets worse, make an appointment at the Center for Orthopaedics. Early intervention and treatment can reduce the risk of you developing more severe complications.

How is hand pain diagnosed?

To diagnose hand pain, your Center for Orthopaedics provider reviews your health history and asks you about your symptoms. They then physically examine your hands and wrists, looking for signs of swelling, stiffness, and a poor range of motion.

If the physical exam isn’t enough to determine the underlying cause of your pain, the team would order diagnostic imaging like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These procedures use advanced technologies to capture high-quality images of the hard and soft tissues in your hand.

How is hand pain treated?

How hand pain is treated depends on what’s causing it and how intense your symptoms are. The team at the Center for Orthopaedics usually recommends conservative, nonsurgical hand and wrist treatments. For example, you might benefit from physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, athletic training, or bone health care.

If surgery becomes necessary, the orthopedic wrist and hand specialists provide personalized treatments that use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest evidence-based techniques. They might recommend:

  • Arthroscopic wrist surgery
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Trigger finger release
  • Finger or wrist joint replacement
  • Hand or wrist microsurgery
  • Hand or wrist fracture repair
  • Emergency hand and wrist care (OrthoExpress)

To explore the treatment choices for hand pain, make an appointment at the Center for Orthopaedics. Call the office today or click the online booking feature.