Hand Injuries Specialist
Whether it’s an injury you’ve recently acquired or the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, a hand injury makes life more difficult. Harvey Manes, MD of Wellwood Orthopedics offers a solution for hand injuries at his Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, office. With treatments varying from his Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Motion Pain Relief Cream to advanced surgical options, he can help you find relief with the least invasive solution possible. To learn more, call the office today.
Hand Injuries Q & A
What causes pain in your hands and wrists?
If you’re experiencing pain in your hands or wrists, it can be caused by a range of issues. In some cases, this pain is from muscle fatigue or overuse, while other times, it’s an injury or chronic condition that’s causing you discomfort. Some of the most common include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Congenital hand defects
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Ganglion cysts
- Mallet finger
Strains, sprains, and bone fractures can also cause hand pain.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that results when there’s increased pressure on your median nerve, which runs through your wrist. This condition can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:
- Pain in the arm, hand, or fingers
- Muscle weakness
Although carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can happen at any time, most patients experience them at night.
While the cause of carpal tunnel is typically unknown, it’s common in those who use their hands and wrists at work, including on an assembly line and spending a lot of time at a computer or keyboard. It’s also common in those who experience:
- Joint dislocations
How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?
When you see Dr. Manes for carpal tunnel syndrome, he recommends changing how you hold your hand and wrist.
By eliminating the bend at your wrist, the pressure is relieved from the nerve, and your symptoms reduce. To help you achieve this, Dr. Manes may recommend wearing a splint or brace, especially at night.
In more severe cases, he may recommend carpal tunnel release surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Manes makes more room for your median nerve by cutting your transverse carpal ligament, which reduces the pressure on your nerve.
Most patients return to work within two weeks after surgery.
If you’re suffering from a hand injury or carpal tunnel syndrome, you can find a solution with Dr. Manes. Call the office today to schedule your appointment.