Orthopaedic hand conditions, treatments and procedures
The hand is an incredibly complex structure. It is actually made up from 27 individual bones connected by a stabilising network of muscles, tendons and ligaments. This structure allows us to grip large objects as well as perform tiny tasks. There are many different causes of hand pain that can range from structural damage through to overuse and disease. Specialist orthopaedic hand surgeons have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating any conditions relating to the hand, wrist or forearm.
As the hand is composed of many different parts, there are numerous common conditions that can interfere with everyday activities including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendon irritation. Hand pain can also be caused by injury from a knock, blow or awkward landing after a fall. Repetitive activities such as typing, lifting and throwing can also damage the internal hand structure causing pain and discomfort.
Hand conditions are often accompanied by symptoms such as persistent pain, numbness, swelling, tingling, stiffness and sometimes trouble gripping objects. If these symptoms show no sign of improvement or worsen over time, it is best to seek help from a medical professional. Non-invasive treatment options are always recommended before any form of surgery is considered.
At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, our specialist orthopaedic hand surgeons are considered among Australia’s leading practitioners. We are committed to supporting patients at every step of their healthcare journey through surgical excellence, outstanding facilities and patient-centred care.
I have a hand condition, what are my next steps?
Talk to one of our dedicated hand specialists who will help diagnose your condition and explain the best treatment options available to you.
If you have been experiencing persistent hand pain, stiffness or numbness and tingling that does not respond to medication or rest, the first step is to make an appointment with your GP. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may suggest further testing such as an X-ray or magnetic imaging (MRI) to diagnose the condition.
Many hand conditions can be treated non-invasively with exercises, lifestyle modification or splinting and surgery is not always necessary. Once your doctor has confirmed the results, you will be referred to an orthopaedic shoulder specialist for a consultation at your St Vincent’s Private Hospital of choice, where you can discuss all the available treatment options.
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