Your hands and wrists are essential tools that allow you to work, play and perform everyday activities. How well the hand and wrist interact depends on the integrity and function of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints and bones. Problems in any of these can affect upper extremity function, causing disruptions at home and work and negatively impacting quality of life.
The human hand itself is very complex and delicate in structure. Hand surgery requires a completely different surgical approach from a qualified hand and wrist surgeon whether treating fractures, arthritis or deformities. Hand surgery traditionally includes treatment of the entire hand, wrist and forearm. Again, this whole region works as a single unit, and the dysfunction of a single part needs consideration of the whole. An additional year of training is required for those orthopaedic surgeons seeking certification in hand and wrist surgery.
People use their hands and wrists for the bulk of their activities during the day; mostly, without ever stopping to think about it. But sufferers of arthritis trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other ailments that can affect the hand and wrist, realize just how important they are to everyday tasks. The wrist and hand are one of the most intricate yet vulnerable areas to injure in the body. But by taking the time to understand a few basic preventative procedures, people will be able to keep the wrist and hand in good shape and avoid having to see an orthopedic hand specialist or hand and wrist surgeon altogether.