Oakland Regional Hospital Hand Surgeons that can improve your lifestyle:
Keoni (Troy) Williams, M.D.
Zena Yousif, M.D.
Our Hand Surgeons have extensive experience in treating hand and wrist conditions of all types. Their outstanding success rate has made our team the physicians of choice for professional athletes, the severely injured and those with common hand and wrist ailments from around the world.
Common Hand Conditions and Treatments
Sudden (acute) injury
An acute injury may occur from a direct blow, a penetrating injury, or a fall, or from twisting, jerking, jamming, or bending a limb abnormally. Pain may be sudden and severe. Bruising and swelling may develop soon after the injury. Acute injuries include:
- Bruises. After a hand injury, bruising may extend to the fingers from the effects of gravity.
- Injuries to ligaments.
- Injuries to tendons.
- Injuries to joints.
- Pulled muscles (strains).
- Broken bones (fractures).
- Crushing injury, which can lead to compartment syndrome.
Overuse injuries occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, often by "overdoing" an activity or repeating the same activity. Overuse injuries include the following:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on a nerve (median nerve) in the wrist. The symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand.
Tendon pain is actually a symptom of tendonitis, a series of very small tears (microtears) in the tissue in or around the tendon. In addition to pain and tenderness, common symptoms of tendon injury include decreased strength and movement in the affected area.
De Quervain's disease can occur in the hand and wrist when tendons and the tendon covering (sheath) on the thumb side of the wrist swell and become inflamed.
Metacarpal Fracture: A Broken Hand
A metacarpal fracture is an injury to one of the small bones in the hand. The bone is located at the level of the palm of the hand. Metacarpal fractures are often treated in a cast or may require surgery in some situations.
A mallet finger is an injury that prevents the ability to fully straighten the finger. When a mallet finger occurs, there is an injury to the tendon of the finger. Treatment of a mallet finger can usually be accomplished with the use of a splint.
Arthritis is commonly seen in the joints of the fingers. The knuckle joints of the fingers are frequently affected in patients with osteoarthritis, also called wear-and-tear arthritis. Finger arthritis can cause problems with activities that involve the hands, and may require treatment.
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear
An injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb is also called a gamekeeper's thumb or a skier's thumb. These names describe how the thumb is injured when patients tear the ulnar collateral ligament (a UCL injury).
Trigger finger is a painful condition that causes the fingers or thumb to catch or lock when bent. In the thumb its called trigger thumb.Trigger finger happens when tendons in the finger or thumb become inflamed. Tendons are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles and bones. Together, the tendons and muscles in the hands and arms bend and straighten the fingers and thumbs.
Finger Sprains & Dislocations
Finger sprains and finger dislocations are injuries to the ligaments and soft-tissues around the small joints of the fingers. It is important to obtain a proper diagnosis of a finger sprain or dislocation so that your treatment is appropriate for the injury.
Thumb arthritis is one of the most common places in the body at people can be affected with wear in care of the joint. The treatment of thumb arthritis usually begins with simple measures, but for severe cases of thumb arthritis, surgery may be necessary.
Hand fractures are common injuries that can occur in any of the small bones of the hand. Most broken bones in the hand can be treated with a simple cast, however in some cases hand fractures may require surgery for proper treatment.
This fracture of the base of the small finger is commonly sustained by punching a wall or boxing without gloves.
A broken finger is a common injury that can have serious consequences. Finger fractures require appropriate treatment to ensure that function of the hands and fingers is not limited after healing. Determining the appropriate treatment of a finger fracture requires evaluation by a medical provider familiar with different types of finger fractures.