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Rapid assessment and treatment for your hand and wrist concerns
If you’ve been dealing with pain in your hands or wrists, this may be all too familiar for you. When it’s reached the point where you want to seek medical advice, you won’t want to wait for answers.
By booking a private appointment with one of our dedicated Hand & Wrist consultants at Princess Margaret, you are guaranteed to be seen and treated by a consultant from start to finish. By providing an accurate diagnosis promptly and starting you on a personalised treatment plan, our orthopaedic consultants offer exemplary care to get you back to good health without delay.
Common symptoms indicating you may have a condition in your hands and wrists include:
If any of these symptoms are applicable to you, why not book an appointment with us at Princess Margaret?
Offering a streamlined service to get you a diagnosis and treatment promptly, our expert consultants are available for patients based in Windsor, Berkshire and further afield.
The first level of treatment would normally include painkillers, splinting (to help support the tendons), or supplements for arthritis, which can be picked up from our on-site pharmacy.
Your consultant can advise you on how to best modify your activities during rehabilitation so as to avoid exacerbating any issues or injuries. In conjunction with painkillers and physiotherapy, this can be particularly effective.
Steroid injections are commonly used to help with inflammation and painful joints, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome, and are administered directly into the joint. This can be done under ultrasound guidance for added accuracy, and your consultant can advise you if this is appropriate for your condition.
Surgery may be considered when other non-surgical measures have been ineffective in reducing your pain.
Carpal Tunnel Release is one of the more common surgeries performed at Princess Margaret, involving a cut in the palm of your hand to allow your consultant to release the pressure on the nerve going from your wrist to your hand. This is done under a local anaesthetic, and can often be performed as a day case.
Dupuytren’s disease can be treated with a procedure to remove the chord that is causing the finger to bend downwards, and again can be done under local anaesthetic.
If surgery on the wrist is needed, this is typically done with a regional or general anaesthetic. With support from an expert theatre team, your safety and wellbeing are kept a priority throughout.
Seeing our consultants privately brings the benefit of longer consultations, usually around 30 minutes, allowing for much greater detail and a chance to get to know you and how your condition has been affecting you.
They will then perform a clinical examination of your hand and/or wrist, manipulating the joint and pressing along the hand to assess your responses. They may also ask you to perform some simple tasks and movements to demonstrate your symptoms.
Sometimes this is enough to make a firm diagnosis, but further investigations may be carried out to confirm any suspected condition or injury.
Typically, your consultant will start out with an x-ray to get an idea of the bony structure of the hand and wrist. This allows them to rule out the bony structures if there are no abnormalities, instead focusing on the soft structures, such as the tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Depending on the availability of our radiologists, an x-ray may be arranged on the same day.
In some cases, your consultant may request an assessment from one of our dedicated Hand Therapists in order to assist with diagnosis and offer expert hand therapy treatments, which can be crucial in getting good outcomes.
Occasionally, an arthroscopy of the wrist may be used for the purposes of diagnosis if your scans have been inconclusive. Certain procedures can then be carried out at the same time, saving the need for further surgery.
A definitive treatment plan can then be introduced, and may include steroid injections, physiotherapy, or if necessary, an operation. Your consultant can outline all possible treatment options, allowing you to make the final decision.
If pain in your hand or wrist has been concerning you, why not book a consultation with one of our orthopaedic specialists today? Our consultants can outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any necessary diagnostic scans, treatment and surgery if required.
For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.