You use your hands pretty much all day every day. Because this is the norm, it is easy to overlook the intricacy of these body parts. Each hand has 29 joints and 27 bones. These are connected through a matrix of muscles (17 of them), nerves (48), and ligaments (120!). This structure may seem complex, but it is necessary in order for your hands and fingers to move in all the various ways they do.
With all those moving parts, there is a decent chance that something could go wrong. If a hand injury or chronic dysfunctional condition develops, it is important to address it sooner rather than later. In our New Jersey orthopedic offices, we get right to work identifying the cause of pain so we may treat it appropriately and successfully.
Common Hand Conditions
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This prevalent condition is usually associated with overuse of the hand, which causes a narrowing of the space in the wrist through which median nerve travels into the hand and fingers. In mild cases, non-surgical treatments may alleviate inflammation and resolve discomfort. Sometimes, surgery is needed to release the median nerve from the grip of tightened carpal tissues and bones.
Like any other joint in the body, the joints in the hands can develop arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common hand condition that involves the erosion of cartilage that covers the bone-heads within the joint. As cartilage gradually deteriorates, pain and stiffness become a problem. Some hand pain may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis, which stems from a dysfunction in the autoimmune system.
Sprains and Fractures
A ligament is tough, thick tissue that holds two bones together within a joint. A sprained ligament may result from direct injury to the hand. Fractures, as well, are direct injuries in most instances. While a sprain is more subtle, a fractured hand or finger is usually obvious, marked with noticeable swelling and pain.
Advanced Orthopedics & Hand Surgery provides care for children and adults of all ages. Our experienced physicians are dedicated to the successful treatment of hand conditions and injuries. To discover the appropriate treatment for your hand pain, call (973) 942-1315.