We use our hands for everyday tasks and at some point or other, we may have experienced a minor injury like pain or swelling to our hand, wrist or even finger that heal on their own. However, sometimes some more serious injuries occur as a result of falls or recreational activities (acute injuries) or even the everyday wear and tear or the overuse of certain muscles (overuse injuries).
Acute injuries include bruises, strains, sprains, fractures or injury to the ligaments, tendons or muscles. They occur as a result of a direct impact, a fall, or a twisting, bending or jamming of a limb.
In contrast, overuse injuries happens when repeated activity or too much stress is placed on a joint or tissue when carrying out an activity. Common overuse injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinosis and de Quervain’s disease.
Treatment for a finger, hand, or wrist injury includes first-aid, medication, application of a splint or cast, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. Treatment depends on the location, type, and severity of the injury. Your doctor will also need to assess how long ago the injury occurred and your age, health condition, and lifestyle (how active you are at work and recreational pursuits).
The Hand and Microsurgery Centre manages all traumas and diseases affecting the hand, wrist, or upper limb that affect hand function and where needed, microsurgical reconstruction is performed. The range of services includes:
- Traumatic injuries including fractures, tendon injuries, digit amputation, nerve lacerations and blood vessel lacerations
- Congenital abnormalities such as webbed fingers and extra digits on the hand
- Workplace and overuse injuries, which include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Arthritis-related deformitiessuch as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Infections such as from diabetes
- Tumours:bone and soft tissue – producing deformities
The centre also provides rehabilitation to help individuals achieve optimal function of their hand and upper limbs. Services offered include mobilisation and exercise; fluidotherapy; therapeutic ultrasound; electrical stimulation e.g. TENS and EMS; splinting and pressure garment fabrication; management of oedema, scarring and pain; and programmes on joint protection, work conditioning and ergonomics program.
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