Hand and wrist care

Hand and wrist care at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

From the minute you wake until you go to bed, you are using your hands and wrists to reach, pull, grasp, turn, pinch, squeeze and more. If your hand or wrist isn’t working properly, simple and complex tasks become difficult and sometimes painful.

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

The causes of hand and wrist conditions can be chronic overuse, repetitive tasks, falls, acute injuries or aging. With so many bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints in the hand and wrist, pain or injury can disrupt your work, play and daily activities.

Orthopedic specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network know that hand and wrist pain can severely impact your quality of life. Our orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons are the region’s top experts in upper extremity care and we have many ways to help you, depending on the cause of your pain.

Hand and wrist conditions     

The experts at The Christ Hospital Health Network diagnose and treat a variety of hand and wrist conditions, including: 

  • Arthritis - Signs and symptoms may include inflammation, pain, stiffness, limited movement, loss of range of motion, swelling and warmth in hand or wrist.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome  - Symptoms may include feeling of "pins and needles", burning/tingling, weakness, numbness, interrupted sleep and swelling.

  • Cubital tunnel syndrome - Common symptoms include aching, clumsiness, pain in fingers, numbness, tingling when elbow is bent and a weak grip

  • Dislocation, fracture & sprain - Symptoms may include bruising, deformity, pain, inability to use, numbness, redness, swelling and weakness. 

  • Ganglion cyst - Symptoms may include aching, pain in wrist or fingers, loss of function, swelling, weakness and a cyst or bump.

  • Laceration  - Signs of infection may include fever, foul odor, pain, pus or discharge, redness, swelling and warmth.

  • Tendon or nerve injury - Symptoms may include burning, limited range of motion, numbness, pain, loss of movement, twitching and weakness.

  • Tendonitis & bursitis - Tendonitis symptoms may include grating feeling, pain and swelling. Bursitis symptoms may include pain in wrist or hand, and a small lump or swelling.

  • Trigger finger - Signs and symptoms may include difficulty flexing, inability to extend fingers or thumbs, involuntary locking and pain.

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we address all aspects of your hand and wrist care from pain management, to minimally invasive treatment options, to rehabilitation.