Hand & Wrist

Hand & Wrist Conditions

Orthopedic Care in Northern California

The human hand consists of several small bones called phalanges, metacarpals, and carpals. The wrist is where the radius and the ulna (the two bones of the lower arm) meet at the hand.

From performing minor repetitive tasks (like clicking a mouse) to suddenly stopping the force of the body during a fall, the hands and wrists are susceptible to pain and injury at all stages in life.

The following are some common hand and wrist conditions:

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists locations can be found in Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Brentwood, and Concord. Contact us to make an appointment.

Symptoms of Hand, Finger & Wrist Pain

Pain in the fingers, hand, or wrist is usually caused by overuse, repetitive motion, or underlying conditions like arthritis or ganglion cysts. Hand, finger and wrist injuries such as fractures, dislocations, or torn ligaments are often caused by falls or blows during sports or work activities. Injuries can also occur during accidents or activities.

Symptoms of hand, finger or wrist pain depend on the type of injury or condition but commonly include pain during use, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected area.

Treatment for hand, finger and wrist pain includes over-the-counter pain medication, rest, ice, and elevation. In more severe injuries, immobilization or surgery may be necessary. Be sure to talk to your pharmacist before purchasing anti-inflammatories as these medications may be contraindicated as they may interact with other medications and medical conditions.