Hand Trauma - Plano, Frisco, TX
Dr Victoria D. Knoll is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in providing extensive treatment for traumatic hand injuries. The doctor is also proficient to perform hand and wrist surgery to treat various medical conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fractures and sports related injuries.
Hand Trauma injuries may result due to overuse of muscles, falling on the outstretched hand, direct or indirect blow to the fingers or hand etc. The hand consists of 27 bones, and a number of muscles, veins, arteries, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and joint cartilages. Severe hand problems can even cause long-term problems and potential disability. Some of the injuries caused due to hand trauma include
Any damage to the ligaments in the hand can cause sprains. These may either be minor tearing or the entire rupturing of ligaments that connect one bone to another. It is a painful condition and need to be treated immediately by an experienced hand doctor.
Thumb Pain/ Sprain
Often, preventing a fall with the palm of hand can lead to thumb injury or sprain, which is extremely painful. The ulnar collateral ligament, which helps in the functioning of thumb, gets sprained. This severely affects the grasping ability of the individual.
Flexor Tendon Injury
Any cut on the palm side of the fingers, wrist, and hand can damage the flexor tendons. These muscles control the movement of the hand. Injury to flexor tendons makes it difficult for a person to bend thumb and fingers.
Wrist sprain usually occurs while playing sports such as rollerblading, running, etc. Due to body’s reflex response, the players often land on their palm while saving themselves from a fall. This causes a tear in the ligaments that join the bones in the wrist, thus, resulting in sprain.
Often, players fracture their hand while playing sports. One of the common hand fractures is boxer’s fracture, which involves striking an object with closed fist.
Wrist fracture is also a sports related injury that involves the rupture or dislocation any of the wrist bones. The condition causes severe pain and affects the ability to move the hand.
Hand trauma also involves injuries to nerves in the hand. Nerves are often damaged due to cutting, stretching, and extreme pressure. An injury to the nerves can be devastating as it interrupts the flow of sensory signals from brain to the hand and vice versa. The muscles stop working and the patient loses sensation in hands.
Mallet finger is a deformity caused due to rupturing of certain tendons in the hand and fingers. The condition is also called baseball finger, as it is often caused while trying to catch a fast and hard ball. If the catch is missed, the ball directly hits the finger and damages the delicate tendons.
Prevention Of Hand Trauma
As the hand trauma and injuries are common among sports persons, so it is crucial that they should adopt some preventive measures to avoid such problems. They should not ignore such injuries and immediately consult the hand doctor. The players should wear protective gears, like wristbands, guards and gloves, to avoid hand trauma and injuries.
To know more about Hand Trauma injuries and treatment options, visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon, call at (972) 985 - 1072 (for Plano) and (214) 618 - 5502 (for Frisco).