The hand and wrist are subject to a variety of problems. Some problems are the result of how you use your hands in everyday activities – for example, sprains and strains as well as fractures can occur with lifting and carrying heavy objects, operating machinery, bracing against a fall, or sports-related injuries.
Other problems of the wrist and hand can also attributed to everyday use but are actually a chronic condition or long-term problem, including carpal tunnel syndrome, that develop over periods of time. Your hands and wrists may also be affected by systemic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and those that affect primarily the joints, such as osteoarthritis.
Seeking early medical attention to hand and wrist problems is important for proper diagnosis and effective treatment, as well as for preventive measures that will provide long-term strengthening and relief. Additionally, your doctor can recommend a variety of measures that can help halt or minimize the progression of chronic problems, such as arthritis, so the impact on your daily life is lessened.
Any problem causing pain, swelling, discoloration, numbness or a tingling sensation, or abnormal contour of the hand or wrist that persists for more than two or three days should be evaluated by your doctor to establish the cause and obtain the best treatment as early as possible.
For more information about problems affecting the hand and wrist, please call (918) 494-AOOK (2665).