The Blackheath Hospital40 - 42 Lee Terrace, Blackheath, London, SE3 9UD Directions
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Improving your hand and wrist health
Wrist and hand pain is a particularly common complaint, more so as the natural wear and tear in our joints starts to become more noticeable as we age. While many people choose to visit one of our Consultants to seek help with pain in their hand or wrist, others come for advice for other problems, including numbness/pins and needles in the hand or a deformity in a finger.
Conditions that most commonly cause symptoms in the hand and wrist include:
While some hand and wrist problems may resolve gradually over time, others will benefit from early assessment and treatment. If your symptoms are particularly severe or limiting, you may like to meet with a Hand and Wrist Consultant in order to have a full assessment and a confirmed diagnosis.
They will carry out a clinical examination of your hand, wrist and arm, assessing strength, mobility and flexibility. They may ask you to perform some simple tasks to demonstrate your symptoms.
Sometimes, additional tests or investigations may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. This is usually an X-ray of your hand and wrist, as this can help to either demonstrate or rule out involvement of the bony structures. If no bone abnormalities are seen on the X-ray, other diagnostic scans like ultrasound or MRI may be done to look at the tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Any of these diagnostic tests can be easily carried out for you on-site at The Blackheath Hospital.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your Consultant will be able to discuss treatment options with you. These may include physiotherapy, steroid injections or, if necessary, an operation.
It may be that a diagnosis is still not possible. In these situations, your Consultant may advise having an arthroscopy, which is a form of keyhole surgery. This involves passing a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera and light attached to it through a small cut in your wrist. This transmits a live feed to a screen, giving your Consultant a clear view inside the joint. This is done as a day case procedure, so you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight.
Most hand and wrist problems can be well managed without the need for surgery. For example, for a severe sprain our physiotherapy team may structure a personalised rehabilitation plan for you. This would aim to help safely optimise the strength and range of movement in your hand and wrist during your recovery period.
If you’re struggling with pain, weakness, numbness or stiffness in a hand and/or wrist, we can help. Our Consultants will organise the necessary diagnostic tests to investigate your symptoms, outline all treatment options for you promptly, and arrange any further scans or surgery if required.
Hand and wrist problems can make many aspects of life challenging, but good treatments are available. For peace of mind and expert care, book your appointment online now.