Treatments for Common Hand & Wrist Conditions

Treatment for common hand and wrist conditions may include medications, the use of a brace, splint or cast, physical therapy and in some cases, surgery. In general your treatment will depend on the type and severity of the condition as well as the location. Other factors include your age and the types of activities that you participate in.

Wrist Arthroscopy

Wrist arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a number of conditions of the wrist, including chronic wrist pain, fractures and ligament tears. It uses a small fiber optic instrument known as an arthroscope that enables your surgeon to see inside the joint without making large incisions into the tissue and muscle.

Trigger Finger Treatment

Resting your finger or thumb is the initial treatment for trigger finger. The use of a splint may also be recommended, as well as medication that combats inflammation. A steroid injection is another option. Finally, your doctor may recommend surgery if these treatments do not bring pain relief. This can be performed through a very small incision, which frees up the tendon from locking.

Wrist Tendinitis Treatment

Rest, ice, splints, and over-the-counter pain relievers are often all the treatment needed for wrist tendinitis. More options include corticosteroids, platelet-rich plasma treatment and physical therapy. If a tendon repair is necessary, surgery may be an option.

Finger, Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment

Fracture reduction, a process used to manipulate the broken ends of bone back into place, is one treatment option your doctor may need to perform if the broken ends aren’t properly aligned. Other treatments for fracture include use of a splint or cast, medications or physical therapy. You may need surgery to implant internal fixation devices such as plates, screws or pins, if your fracture is unstable.

Finger, Hand and Wrist Mass or Cyst Treatment

Often cysts are painless and do not require treatment. If they do however, options may include the use of a wrist brace or splint. Aspiration to drain the fluid from the cyst is another procedure that may be suggested. If surgery is an option, the cyst is removed as well as the stalk that attaches it to the tendon or joint.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Nonsurgical methods may help improve carpal tunnel syndrome. These include the use of a splint, medications and corticosteroids. If symptoms do not improve with these methods, your doctor may suggest surgery. There are commonly two techniques. In endoscopic surgery a telescope-like device fitted with a small camera is used by your surgeon to view inside your carpal tunnel via tiny cuts in your wrist or hand. In open surgery, a small incision is made to release the ligament compressing the nerve.