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Month: February 2018

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Fractured Knuckle? Visit Dr. Arora!

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There are so many reasons why you should see Dr. Arora at Arora Hand Surgery if you have a fractured knuckle. Your knuckles make movement of your fingers possible, and they help you achieve a certain skill level if you use them to play the piano or the guitar. They also give you the ability to work with your hands. When a knuckle breaks or is injured in some way, your fingers don’t move so well, and you may have pain accompanied by swelling. You won’t be able to use the hand that the broken knuckle is on until you get it treated.

Signs of a Broken Knuckle

The majority of people with a fractured knuckle first notice the injury by the immediate and strong pain it brings. This pain could get worse when you attempt to move the knuckle, but there’s also a chance the pain won’t increase when you move it. Your hand will get swollen in a matter of minutes, and you will be able to move your hand less and less as your hand continues to inflate.

It’s possible that your broken knuckle won’t be visible upon making a fist. If your knuckle recedes, you can be sure it is broken. You will see bruises around the broken knuckle. If the break is serious, the bruising will be as well. The bruises, like the pain, will appear as soon as the knuckle breaks due to blood loss in the vicinity of the break. As the swollen hand gets even more swollen, there may be numbness due to compression of the nerves in the fingers. Stiffness also occurs when you break a knuckle. It might get infected, and it may not completely heal.

Treatment Options

When you come to Arora Hand Surgery with a broken knuckle, our doctor will treat the injury according to the characteristics of the fracture. Treatment will also be based on how old you are, what you do for a living, and how much use of your hand you will need, among other factors. After your hand is examined, the treatment can begin.

Make sure to come to Arora Hand Surgery if you think you have a fractured knuckle or if you are dealing with any other type of issue with the hands, wrists, or elbows. Dr. Arora and his team are at the ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Howell, West Bloomfield, Warren, or Macomb.

Fingers General Treatments

Surgical Reconstruction For A Nail Bed Injury

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Nail bed injuries are caused when the nail bed is pinched or crushed. This painful injury is commonly caused by the fingertips being shut in a door or struck with a hard object moving at a high rate of speed. It may feel like you are left to deal with the repercussions of your nail bed injury forever, but an option is surgical reconstruction.

A nail bed injury can include damage to the tissue, tendons, nerve ending, bone, skin, pulp and other structures that are around the nail bed. Common signs of a nail bed injury include a painful collection of blood under the fingernail, a cracked fingernail, or a fingernail that falls off. Once a nail bed injury is diagnosed, surgical reconstruction is one of the most effective ways to treat it.

Should the nail bed be destroyed or lost due to injury, a surgeon can reconstruct part of it or the entire thing by surgically grafting parts taken from the other fingers or toes. This can prevent future problems or deformities as the nail bed heals. A split-thickness graft is the type of graft most commonly used to repair a damaged nail bed through surgical reconstruction. This procedure is often used by surgeons when repairing a nail bed that is missing. This process can help to restore the use of a finger that is badly damaged.

Prior to the nail bed reconstruction surgical procedure being performed, it’s important to have a consultation with a member of our staff. An x-ray will likely be taken to determine how much damage has been done to the nail bed. This will help determine what the best next step for you is.

In most cases, all minor injuries are fully repaired, leaving the finger looking and functioning normally. Our team will help you understand what you should be able to expect from your surgical reconstruction for a nail bed injury.

If you are concerned about a possible nail bed injury, contact us today at Arora Hand Surgery and schedule your consultation. We proudly serve Michigan with offices in Warren, Macomb, Howell, and West Bloomfield. Contact us today and let us give you a hand!

General Wrists

Treating a Broken Wrist

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A broken wrist is one of the most common types of injuries that can affect men, women, and children, especially since our natural reaction when we fall is to put our hands and arms out. A blow to the wrist or a fall can lead to this type of break of bones in the lower arm. Those who are extremely active or athletic are more prone to this type of injury.

If you break or fracture your wrist, you may have the following symptoms:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Pain when you try to bend your wrist
  • Your wrist may be sensitive to touch
  • Your wrist may be bent in an odd way

If you think that your wrist is broken, you should seek medical attention.

What to Expect When Your Wrist is Evaluated

A member of our team, which is led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Avery Arora, will assess your wrist through a physical examination. An x-ray is usually also performed to check for the exact location of any breaks. This gives our team a guide for setting the bone. Once the bones in your arm are in proper alignment, your arm can be placed in a cast. Your doctor will check your progress regularly and will be able to help you to determine when your wrist is on track to a full recovery.

How to Care for Your Broken Wrist Once You’re Home

One of the best things that you can do when you get home is to give yourself a chance to rest. To prevent further injury and continue to stimulate hand movement, keep your fingers flexible. A member of our team can recommend appropriate exercises to help you to regain functionality, strengthen your bones, and increase flexibility after an injury.

Make an Appointment with Our Hand & Wrist Doctor

A broken wrist can be frustrating and keep you from doing some of the things you enjoy. No one likes being in pain. Contact the team at Arora Hand Surgery to schedule your consultation at one of our Michigan offices for advice about what you can do to take care of your wrist in order to promote healing. We proudly serve you from offices in Macomb Township, Warren, West Bloomfield, and Howell. We want you to have the best outcome and are here to help.

Fingers General

What are My Options for Broken Knuckles?

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While the knuckles contain some of the strongest bones in the body, it is still possible to break them. A broken knuckle will likely cause a lot of discomfort, which will keep you from performing any normal activities with your hand. This is not only probably a massive inconvenience, but it is also very frustrating when you just want to continue living your daily life as normal. Seeking proper treatment is the only way to regain the use of your hand after suffering broken knuckles.

You will likely instantly start seeing symptoms after your knuckles are broken. Common side effects from broken knuckles include pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility, particularly with the fingers. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms shortly after a hand injury, it is critical for you to see a doctor as soon as possible.

A member of our team of experts will help determine what is the problem with your hand or knuckles, and they will help you decide what the next step is for you. There are a few surgical and non-surgical options for treating broken knuckles.

Just like you rely on your friends in times of need, you knuckles can do a similar thing. A common way to treat broken knuckles is by attaching the finger of the broken knuckle to one of the fingers by it by strapping or taping them together. In some cases, a splint or traditional plaster cast will be also used. This is referred to as “neighbor strapping,” and the fingers are usually left like this for a few weeks. It is important to our specialists that you heal, but your comfort is also a high priority. Make sure to communicate your concerns during your consultation.

For more intense breaks, your hand may require surgery, and the severity of the break will affect the approach and hardware. Common hardware used for treatment are Kirschner wires, also known as K-wires, metal plates, or pins. Hardware is typically used internally, but the most extreme breaks may require external hardware treatment. Our expert team can help determine what is the best procedure for you and your break.

If you’re concerned about broken knuckles and want to take the next step to repair them, contact us at Arora Hand Surgery today to schedule a consultation at one of our Michigan offices. We proudly serve you from West Bloomfield, Warren, Howell, and Macomb. Let us help you today!

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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.