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Finger Nerve Damage Treatment at Arora Hand Surgery

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Your fingers are invaluable to your ability to function each day. They perform critical tasks like tying your shoes, grasping doorknobs, handling eating utensils, and dozens of other things that you might take for granted. When you suffer nerve damage in your fingers, you quickly realize how important they are to your everyday life. You can regain your function and continue your daily routine without issues by learning what finger nerve damage is and how you can treat yours at Arora Hand Surgery.

What is Finger Nerve Damage?

As its name implies, finger nerve damage is damage to the nerves in your fingers. This condition can be caused by any number of factors like:

  • Injuries
  • Repetitive stress
  • Diseases like diabetes
  • Poor circulation

Finger nerve damage can affect people of any age, but it especially targets adults who suffer from illnesses like diabetes or work jobs that require them to perform repetitive tasks. However, it is one of the easier nerve conditions to diagnose and treat as long as it is addressed early before it results in permanent damage to the fingers.

Diagnosing Finger Nerve Damage

We may use a series of tests to determine if patients suffer from nerve damage in the fingers. We may diagnose you with this condition if you suffer from symptoms like:

  • Pain anywhere in your fingers
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Visible deformities like drooping
  • Limited motion
  • Inability to use fingers properly or at all
  • Underlying disease like diabetes or poor blood circulation

If you have any of these symptoms, you may be diagnosed and treated for finger nerve damage.

Treatment of Finger Nerve Damage

Nerve damage in the fingers responds well to a variety of treatment options. Depending on the severity and cause of your nerve damage, you may be advised to undergo a number of treatments. It is recommended that you follow the advice of our doctor if you want long-lasting or permanent relief from your finger nerve damage.

You can learn more about your treatment options for finger nerve damage during a consultation with Dr. Arora and his team at Arora Hand Surgery. We have offices in West Bloomfield, Howell, St. Clair Shores, and Macomb. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started.

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General Hands

Broken Hand Symptoms

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There are 27 small bones in the hand. If there is a small break or fracture in one of these bones, then it can be extremely difficult and painful to use your hand. Since we rely on our hands to perform almost every task, you do not want to lose the use of a hand for too long because of a broken bone. The best way to ensure that you can quickly restore functionality to your hand is by seeking immediate treatment any time you believe that you may have a broken hand. There are some key broken hand symptoms that can indicate that you should visit our specialist as soon as possible.

There is absolutely no reason to avoid proper treatment for a broken hand because it should be very easy to notice that there is something seriously wrong with it. It usually takes an acute injury to break a bone in your hand. Some of the most common causes of broken hands are falls, sports injuries and accidentally crushing your hand. All these injuries will instantly cause pain, so they should be impossible to ignore.

In addition to the injury itself, the distinct broken hand symptoms also make it extremely easy to diagnose. A broken hand will cause you to experience swelling, bruising and intense pain. These symptoms will make it extremely difficult to move your fingers or grasp an object. In addition, the overall weakness in your broken hand will greatly limit your ability to perform normal tasks.

If you are struggling to use your hand after an accident or injury, then you need to get the hand checked out by our specialist as soon as possible. Permanent damage to your hand is the last thing you want to happen because you did not seek medical treatment. Once you arrive for your appointment, you will get an X-ray of your hand. This will allow our doctor to diagnose the problem and figure out the best treatment. Our specialist may also ask questions about the injury and feel your hand for a more accurate diagnosis.

Most broken hands will be treated with a splint to stabilize and immobilize the hand. The splint will remain on your hand until the broken bones are able to fully heal. Broken hands are known to throb at night, so you will be given pain medication to make it easier to sleep. You will also want to keep the broken hand elevated as much as possible while recovering. This will help reduce your pain and swelling.

Since every injury is different, it is hard to know exactly how long it will take to recover from your broken hand. If you follow all of our doctor’s instructions, then you should have a smooth recovery. Once the broken bones have fully healed, you will regain most, if not all, of the functionality in your hand.

If you are experiencing some of the more characteristic broken hand symptoms, you should seek medical care as soon as possible from our trusted specialist at Arora Hand Surgery in St. Clair Shores, Howell, West Bloomfield, and Macomb. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and discuss your broken hand symptoms with Dr. Arora.

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General Treatments

What Does Dupuytren’s Contracture Surgery Involve?

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Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity caused by abnormally thick tissue that develops in the palm and can spread to the fingers. Over years, the patient develops knots of tissue under the skin. Those knots gradually become thick cords that pull one or more fingers into a permanently bent state. The patient eventually has difficulty performing such activities as shaking hands or putting on gloves. Dupuytren’s contracture usually affects the fourth and fifth fingers. The condition is most common in older men of northern European descent. Fortunately, Dupuytren’s contracture surgery is usually not necessary, as the condition can typically be treated with non-surgical methods.

How is Dupuytren’s Contracture Treated Without Surgery?

Mild cases may not need to be treated at all, and our doctor may simply monitor the patient to see if the condition gets worse. However, in many cases, the condition needs to be professionally treated. Non-surgical options that do not involve Dupuytren’s contracture surgery include a special enzyme injection called XIAFLEX. This may be used to make the tissue weaker and softer. Our doctor may then try to straighten the affected finger.

Surgical Procedures

The two most common surgical procedures are the fasciotomy and the subtotal palmar fasciotomy. The first is a straightforward outpatient procedure in which the surgeon cuts the cord of tissue in half. In the subtotal palmar fasciotomy, the surgeon removes the corded tissue. The patient may then have to wear a splint. If the patient has a severe or neglected case, the surgeon may also need to release stiff ligaments or joint capsules to make the finger straighten properly. The patient will generally need to undergo physical therapy for a set amount of time. Treatments may include stretching, heat treatments and soft tissue massage. The therapy will help prevent the contracture from returning, and it will help prevent the accumulation of scar tissue. The patient may have to wear a splint as well to keep the contracture from redeveloping.

Schedule a Consultation Today

As we previously mentioned, Dupuytren’s contracture surgery is oftentimes not required, as Dr. Arora and his team of professionals at Arora Hand Surgery proudly offer various non-surgical treatment options for the condition. During a consultation at our office in Howell, St. Clair Shores, West Bloomfield, or Macomb, Dr. Arora can evaluate your specific case and come up with a treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

L B.