We use our hands for everything. Almost all our activities revolve around what we can see, hear, smell and touch. But what if we suddenly couldn’t use them anymore? Imagine a world where you won’t be able to use them at all. Scary isn’t it?
10% of all hospital emergency room cases are due to hand injuries. The most common culprits for hand injuries are blunt force trauma (50%) and injuries sustained via sharp objects (25%). Hand injuries account for nearly 17% of all workday loss injuries.
Common Hand Injuries in adults
There are two types of hand injuries:
Sudden (acute) injury – Injuries sustained from blunt force trauma, stabbing, lacerations and all types of twisting or bending a limb abnormally. These injuries are usually painful and severe. Bruising and swelling may develop after the injury. Acute injuries include:
· Strains (pulled muscles)
· Broken Bones
· Tendon Injuries
· Ligament Injuries
· Sprains (injuries to joints)
Overuse injuries – When too much stress is placed on a joint or soft tissue, overuse injuries occur. This is characterized by repeating the same activity, using the same movement over and over again. Overuse injuries include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is a pinched nerve (the median nerve) at the wrist, in a fixed-volume structure called the carpal tunnel. Pressure can increase in the tunnel for various reasons, resulting in nerve damage and nerve entrapment. The symptoms include burning sensation, tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand.
Trigger Finger is the inflammation of the flexor tendons in the hand, which causes the fingers to snap or lock in tension. This is commonly seen in women, diabetics and repetitive use of the hand. Symptoms include stiffness and soreness, followed by the fingers locking in a bent position.
Quervain’s stenosing Tenosynovitis is a painful condition that occurs in the hand and wrist when tendons activating and covering the thumb (sheath) on the lateral side of the wrist become entrapped in a tunnel, causing swelling and inflammation. Symptoms include tenderness, swelling and pain near the base of the thumb.
High Five: The best way to treat CTS
According to a well known hand surgery clinic, Endoscopic Decompression using the Smart Release system is the best way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure can be done in minutes under local anesthesia and without the need for stitches.
Highlights of Endoscopic Decompression
· Local anaesthesia
· Quick procedure – about 10 minutes
· Tiny incision
· Minimal pain
· No stitches required
· Immediate relief of symptoms
· Use of hand within 24-48 hours
· Both hands can be treated in a single appointment
· Safe and proven
· Immediate relief of symptoms and pain
· Minimal discomfort, low risk of complications
· Very short recovery time
· No post-operative care required
Improve your Quality of Life
· Back to work more quickly
· Rapid resumption of hobbies and sports
· Minimizes loss of earned income
Thumbs up! Final Word
When it comes to hand injuries, speed is of the essence. You can’t use your hands when they’re injured, and when that happens, you’ll be unproductive and may even miss work. These negatives may be offset by rapid and proper diagnosis and treatment so your hands won’t suffer any long-term ill effects due to the injury.