The hand and wrist make up some of the most complex, flexible parts of the human body. The muscles, tendons, bones and joints of the hand and wrist work together to help you reach, hold, touch and perform many of life’s everyday tasks from driving to playing golf. Left untreated, injuries to the hand and wrist can become worse and lead to long-term loss of function.
Injuries to the hand and wrist can occur from overuse, age or trauma and treatment methods often range from noninvasive options such as bracing or physical therapy to complex surgery to provide relief when deemed necessary by our board certified orthopaedic specialists.
If you’re dealing with pain or loss of functionality, call (772) 288-2400 or click here to request your appointment with one of our hand and wrist specialists to take the first step toward getting back to your life without pain.
The human hand has 27 bones, not including the sesamoid bone, the number of which varies between people. Of these bones, 14 are the phalanges (proximal, intermediate and distal) of the fingers. The metacarpals are the bones that connects the fingers and the wrist. Each human hand has 5 metacarpals and 8 carpal bones.
Over time, especially if you find yourself doing repetitive motions (like typing), overuse of the hand and wrist can trigger problems. Other causes of discomfort may be related to aging or injury—old or new. The most common causes of hand and wrist symptoms include tendonitis, arthritis, nerve complications or other medical conditions that affect the area.
Symptoms of hand and wrist problems can include numbness, tingling, weakness, swelling, soreness, stiffness, sensations of heat or cold, knots or bumps that appear or fingers that turn colors—like red, white or blue.
Many conditions of the hand and wrist can be completed without surgical intervention. For swelling, treating with rest, ice, compression and elevation may help—especially when combined with anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen. If you know of a particular trigger for your symptoms, try to avoid those things..