The multitude of joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and nerves in our hands require intricate expertise. MSA has one of the only board-certified hand surgeons in West Michigan, meaning that as a true expert, our surgeon is well-versed in a variety of hand injuries and surgical procedures. Take a look at the most common hand injuries we experience, and how they are corrected with surgery.
Because we rely on hands for fine motor skills, such as picking up a pencil or typing, it’s important to ensure that hand or wrist fractures mend properly. Improper healing can result in difficulty with range of motion and further complications such as reinjury. In the case of a hand fracture, it’s important to see a hand surgeon to properly set the bone.
It can sometimes be difficult to tell when smaller bones, such as the proximal phalanges found in our lower fingers, are damaged. A surgeon may be recommended when you notice swelling or pain with trying to bend and move your hand.
Care for the Tendons & Ligaments
Ligaments support our bones and keep them in place, while tendons attach our muscles to the bone. Both these components allow our joints to bend without rubbing against one another.
The copious amount of muscles and bones in our hands mean there are a copious amount of tendons and ligaments as well. Under stress, these tissues can stretch or tear causing pain and limiting movement. In this instance, a hand surgeon is experienced in repairing these connective bands to restore proper movement. Without treatment, the tear could get worse or heal incorrectly. Depending on the length and type of tear, your surgeon will use a procedure to reconnect the tendons. The sooner this operation is done, the higher the chance of a full recovery.
Nurturing the Nerves
What exactly is nerve damage? Nerves communicate messages to and from our brain, telling the muscles when to move and how. If you experience numbness, pain or tingling in your hand, it may be the result of a pinched or damaged nerve. In most cases, this can be treated with medication, but surgery is needed when a compressed nerve requires release, or when a nerve fails to respond to treatment and needs to be removed. For removal, a surgeon cuts the damaged portion of the nerve and either reconnects the healthy ends of the tissue or grafts a nerve from another part of your body. For a compressed nerve, a surgeon will remove scar tissue or bone that is placing pressure on the injured nerve.
All nerve damage is progressive, and it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible before the condition worsens. Contact a hand specialist if you experience:
- Weakness or inability to move
- Pain or burning sensation
If you have any questions about these procedures, sit down with the MSA hand specialist at our Hand Center or schedule a consultation through LiveChat. We have the care needed to help you before, during, and after your hand operation.