Hand and Wrist Surgery
The hand and wrist are made up of an intricate network of numerous small bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Because your hands are used almost constantly throughout the day, the chance of injury is fairly high compared to some other joint areas in the body.
Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine is proud to be St. Augustine and St. Johns’ leading orthopaedic practice. We have a talented team of orthopaedic surgeons as well as licensed occupational and physical therapists on staff. When a hand or wrist injury occurs, our capable team of orthopaedic specialists will first consider and employ some nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy, if possible.
Common Hand Conditions
Some of the more common hand and wrist injuries that could require surgery include:
- Fracture – A fracture is a crack or break in a bone. Since there are many very small bones in your hand, crush injuries can lead to one or more hand bones fracturing. Surgery could be necessary if the bones have fragmented.
- Arthritis – Though less common than knee or hip replacement, wrist joint replacement may be necessary when arthritis causes the cartilage in the joint to wear away.
- Deformity – There are several deformity conditions that, if severe enough, could require surgery. These include:
- Swan-neck finger
- Trigger finger
- Z-shaped thumb
- Mallet finger
- Knuckle subluxation
- Wrist subluxation
- Boutonnière finger
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – Carpel tunnel syndrome is caused by swelling of the tissues surrounding the tendons in the wrist that can cause tingling, numbness, and an electric shock feeling.
Our hand and wrist specialists will work with you to determine if surgery is right for your injury. If you’re experiencing hand or wrist pain or have sustained an injury to the area, you can request an appointment online or give us a call at 904-825-0540.