Hands are an extraordinary part of the body—they allow you to perform multiple different tasks that would be nearly impossible without them. But since they are often in constant use, pain and injury can happen more often. These injuries can happen in joints that are otherwise healthy and can affect many parts of the hands and fingers including the joints, bones, and surrounding soft tissues. For example, a force can cause your index finger to bend backward, causing the tendons to stretch away from the bone. If you have a disease like osteoporosis or arthritis, you are also at greater risk for chronic hand pain. This pain is not due to an injury, but simply to joint deterioration that has happened over time. An experienced hand doctor can help you get the right treatment that will help reduce or eliminate your pain.
When to Visit a Hand Doctor Near You
You should contact a hand doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Aching hands
- Clicking sensation and pain when moving fingers or hands
- Finger joint stiffness
- Hand numbness and tingling
- Hand swelling and soreness
- Pain when trying to bend or extend fingers
- Throbbing fingers that keep you from sleeping
- Thumb joint pain
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a hand doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our hand doctors and hand surgeons offer treatments for hand problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries of the hand and upper extremity that our hand doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Basal thumb arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Finger infection
- Flexor tendon injury
- Hand sprain or fracture
- Mallet finger
- Nerve issues
- Stress fractures
- Trigger finger or thumb
If your hand is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our hand doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. This additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the hand and hand surgery. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our hand doctors, Dr. Gregory D. Byrd, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Adam J. Graver, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, and Dr. Ryan E. Will, are fellowship-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat you individually to meet your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Center, we offer consultations with a hand doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athletes.
Hand Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your hand joints.
- Don’t Carry Plastic Grocery Bags: It’s easy to damage your finger joints if you carry heavy plastic grocery bags by their handles. Request paper bags instead of plastic, and carry them under the bag instead of using the handle. Or, bring your own reusable bags with you when you shop—as a bonus, you’ll be helping both your hands and the environment.
- Check Your Wrist Positioning: If you use a computer keyboard, make sure you aren’t flexing your wrists downward or extending them upward. To ensure you are keeping your wrist in a neutral position, do this small test: place your wrist palm down on a flat surface. Then, put a small bandage lengthwise on top of your wrist and try to type. If the bandage stretches or becomes loose, it means your wrists are not in a neutral position.
- Set Books and Tablets Down: If you read for an extended time—either a book or on a tablet or electronic reading device—place it on a desk or put it upright, like in a cookbook holder. However, when you do this, make sure your entire body stays well positioned. For instance, don’t bend your neck uncomfortably to read.