Don’t let aching joints get you down: finger & wrist pain

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Pain in the wrist, hand and/or fingers is quite common. Tendinitis is actually one of the main culprits for finger and wrist pain. Pain from tendinitis often occurs with movement of the joints. New mothers, daycare workers and any other caregivers for infants or small children are especially susceptible to developing tendinitis because of stress on the wrist resulting from lifting a baby frequently. Fortunately, in most cases, tendinitis can be resolved through cortisone injections.

Basal joint arthritis is another common condition causing pain in the lower part of the thumb.  It is an especially common condition in women, occurring in 30 to 40 percent of women in the United States at some point in their lifetime. This condition may begin affecting an individual’s ability to do daily tasks, such as unscrewing a lid or turning a door handle or key. Conservative treatment options, such as splinting, anti-inflammatory medication, heated gloves, paraffin wax, glucosamine-chondroitin supplements and cortisone injections, are always the first line of therapy for basal joint arthritis.

Lastly, wrist sprains are another common form of injury that can cause significant wrist pain and long term damage if not treated properly at the time of the injury. With sprains, underlying ligament or cartilage injuries are a possibility and can cause complications down the road if they do not heal properly. Therefore, if you experience a fall or other accident involving wrist trauma, it is important to seek evaluation by an orthopedic specialist if the pain does not resolve within a couple of days.

Cone Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence has an exceptional network of fellowship-trained orthopedic and hand specialists who are dedicated to treating patients with issues such as tendinitis, sprains and other orthopedic injuries, and joint disease throughout the community.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Gary Kuzma is an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic & Hand Specialist and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Kuzma completed medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, served his internship at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, and his orthopedic residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center.  His Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowships were through Hartford (CT) Hospital and Jewish Hospital, Lexington, KY.


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