The hand, one of the most flexible parts of the human skeleton, is an intricate instrument that is both tough and delicate. Our hands help us to experience and control the world around us and hence, enable us to work and care for others and ourselves. However, when our hands, wrists or upper extremities do not function properly, daily activities such as driving a car, typing or cooking can be difficult and painful. It is estimated that over 30-40 million adults in the United States have some pain in the upper extremities.
Tendonitis, a condition in which there is inflammation in the area where tendons pass around and through tight place, is one of the most common causes of upper extremity pain. The main symptom of tendonitis is pain in the affected tendon, which typically gets worse with use or stretch of that tendon. Other symptoms can include stiffness, primarily in the morning; weakness in the affected area or the inability to move a joint; swelling, occasionally accompanied with heat or redness; a sensation that the tendon is grating or cracking as it moves; and/or a lump that develops along the tendon. Of course, there are other conditions that may cause painful tendons. For proper diagnosis and treatment, schedule an appointment with a hand surgeon who is specially trained to properly identify and treat upper extremity issues. As with most conditions, early diagnosis and intervention is important for avoiding long term disability from tendon dysfunction.
My philosophy is to begin treatment with the least risky and most proven interventions. I look to treatments that have the highest success rates. Most of the time, patients are able to get relief from symptoms by altering activities, using prescribed medications, splinting and therapy. However, if conservative techniques are not successful in relieving a patient’s problem, surgery may be required. An experienced hand surgeon can discuss the best options with you.
Dr. Jeffrey Stucki and I invite you to join us for the Advanced Hand and Wrist Care Seminar. We are both board certified orthopedic surgeons with additional specialty training in hand surgery, which includes problems in the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder. If you or a loved one are experiencing pain with tendonitis in your upper extremities, then this is one seminar you don’t want to miss. More specifically, we will discuss trigger finger, De Quervains Tenosynovitis, tennis and golfers elbow as well as shoulder tendonitis. The Seminar will be held on Thurs, June 18, 2015 in the PMC Pebble Creek Conference Room. The seminar is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6pm; presentation will begin at 6:30p and light refreshments will be served. Registration is preferred; please call 208-239-1048 to reserve a seat.
At the Idaho Hand Institute, we treat many routine and complex upper extremity conditions. To help patients in the outlying communities, we also see patients at the Lakeview Medical Clinic in Soda Springs every other Friday and in the Blackfoot Medical Clinic and the Power County Family Clinic every other Wednesday. For more information or to schedule an appointment in Pocatello, Soda Springs or Blackfoot please contact us at the Idaho Hand Institute, 208-235-4263.