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Houston Orthopedic Doctors

Treatment for Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions

Helping our patients get back to active everyday living.

With hand, wrist or elbow pain or weakness, everyday tasks like opening a door, typing on a keyboard or even combing your hair can be difficult.

The hand and wrist are delicate networks of bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Because they are so essential to living, they are also vulnerable to injury. Pain in the hand, wrist and elbow can be caused by trauma or from various health conditions. Whether your pain is caused by an injury or accident, or repetitive strain on your joints, Kelsey-Seybold can help reduce hand, wrist and elbow pain and get you back to doing everyday activities pain free.

Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions We Treat

We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating these common conditions:

Arthritis – Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. Arthritis can be in the hand, wrist or elbow. Learn more about arthritis.

Carpal tunnel syndrome – This is a condition in which there is excessive pressure on the median nerve. This is the nerve in the wrist that allows feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness or muscle damage in the hand or finger. Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome.

Trigger finger – Trigger finger occurs when a finger or thumb gets stuck in a bent position, as if you were squeezing a trigger. Symptoms may include finger stiffness, tenderness or bump in the palm base of the affected finger, finger locked in a bent position or a popping sensation as you move your finger. Learn more about trigger finger.

Nerve injuries – Nerves can be damaged by pressure or overstretching. Injury to a nerve can stop signals to and from the brain, causing the hand, wrist or elbow not to work properly.

Tendinitis – Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon that connects the muscles to the bones. It’s usually caused by overuse or injury.

Ganglion cysts – These soft tissue cysts form on the part of your wrist opposite your palm. Smaller ganglion cysts seem to cause more pain than the larger ones.

Kienbock’s disease
– This disorder typically affects young adults and involves the progressive collapse of the small bones in the wrist. It usually occurs when the blood supply to this bone is compromised.

Tennis elbow – Tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overworked due to repetitive motions of the arm or wrist. Symptoms may include pain and weakness when shaking hands, turning a doorknob or holding a coffee cup. Learn more about tennis elbow.

- Bursitis is the swelling and irritation of a bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between muscles, tendons and bones. It is often the result of overuse, trauma, gout or infection. Tenderness around the joint and swelling are clear indicators of bursitis. Learn more about bursitis.

Hand, wrist and elbow Injuries – Hand and upper extremity injuries may be due to many factors including, repetitive motion, a sports injury, an accident, a work-related injury or a congenital disorder.

Sprains and strains – A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissues that joins the end of one bone with another. A strain is an injury of a muscle or tendon.

Diagnosing Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions

When diagnosing your injury or condition, we evaluate your complete medical history during a physical exam. Our physicians may ask about symptoms and level of pain and may take X-rays or do a CT scan for a closer examination of your injury. This type of information will help develop an individualized treatment plan.

Treatment for Hand, Wrist or Elbow Conditions

Our treatment techniques help restore function, range of motion and strength. Often times, problems with the hand, wrist or elbow require only nonsurgical care, such as splinting, rehabilitation or injections. If the pain or injury is too severe for conservative treatment, your orthopedic physician may recommend surgery. Based on our years of experience, we offer a wide variety of surgical options, depending on your issues, including:

  • Elbow joint replacement
  • Fracture fixation
  • Nerve decompression
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
  • Wrist arthroscopy

Meet Your Hand, Wrist & Elbow Specialists for Life

Hand and upper extremity
Dr. Jose Nolla

Dr. Yoav Kaufman

Office evaluations and treatment

Dr. Ijeoma Nwaeze
Dr. Randal Stavinoha
Dr. Stephen Tabor
Dr. Jorge Velez
Dr. Christina Walker


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