I have a hand condition, what are my next steps?
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.
See your GP about getting a referral for your specialist appointment at your nearest St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
Talk to our world-leading specialists about the most suitable treatment options available to support your needs.
Experience the streamlined care available from our team of experts as we help support you through your hospital admission, procedure and rehabilitation.
Our rehabilitation team will guide you each step of the way as you regain your strength and independence.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Fasciotomy – The thickened cord of tissue underneath the skin is divided. This helps relieve the tension and increase the finger movement by weakening the tissue. The wound is usually left open and allowed to heal naturally.
- Fasciectomy – The abnormal tissue is completely removed so that the fingers can straighten. This procedure may require a skin graft, and a splint during the recovery period.
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