From carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger to osteoarthritis,
tendonitis, Viking’s disease (Dupuytren’s) and ganglion cysts – these are all
conditions our consultants treat on a regular basis here at BMI The Priory
Our expert hand and wrist surgeons also treat minor hand
injuries. If you use your hands for your living (for example if you’re a
gardener, builder or electrician) a fractured hand or finger can mean weeks off
work. Having rapid access to a specialist hand and wrist surgeon can get you
back to work in the shortest time, ensuring you maintain your productivity and
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Here are some of the more common hand and wrist conditions we treat at BMI The Priory Hospital.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve at the front of the wrist gets compressed. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in both the hand and arm. It’s more common in older women and people with diabetes, as well as in people who perform a lot of repetitive tasks e.g. typing. Short term relief can be achieved by performing certain exercises, using splints or via steroid injections – however for longer term relief surgery may be recommended.
Tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons in the wrist can make routine motions like gripping, pinching, or throwing objects difficult. Tendonitis can be caused by an injury or overuse and can be more common in people with arthritis or diabetes. Splints and compression may help to ease the damaged tendon, while corticosteroid injections and hand therapy can fix the functional behaviours that lead to tendonitis.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the end of the bones deteriorates over time. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and commonly affects the hand and wrist. Treatment of arthritis can include splinting to support painful joints and to counteract the effects of deformities, or specific exercises to maintain movement. Other treatments include injecting swollen joints with corticosteroids under ultrasound to decrease the swelling and relieve pain.
Trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contracture are other debilitating conditions our surgeons treat at BMI The Priory and it’s possible to treat these quickly using minimally invasive surgical techniques. For example, our consultant radiologists can sometimes carry out a needle release of a trigger finger while our surgeons can release Dupuytren’s contracture with a technique known as a needle fasciotomy (sometimes also called aponeurotomy). These short operations often take around 10 minutes and can be offered as outpatient procedures. Since they involve no skin incision this makes them a good choice for people with diabetes, and multiple fingers can be treated at one time with minimal chance of infection.