It would be unforgivably cliche to say that our hands and wrists allow us to maintain a firm grip on life. Yet in truth, our hands and wrists guide and control our ability to grip, touch, write, work, and play sports.
This is why any injury or disorder to the hand and the wrist–whether it takes the form of a strain, sprain or fracture, a carpal tunnel condition, arthritis, tendonitis, or other orthopedic condition–can impair and impede our ability to lead full and productive lives. Luckily, the field of modern medicine offers us many treatment options to help patients cope with and hopefully resolve any and all issues of hand and wrist pain.
These include arthroscopy, (a minimally invasive procedure that involves inspection and repair by way of an illuminated arthroscope), releases or repairs of tendons and ligaments, hand reconstruction, joint fusion, endoscopic release (in which the surgeon cuts the transverse carpal ligament to release the median nerve; performed with a thin tube attached to a camera known as an endoscope as well as a cutting tool, the surgery is performed via a small incision in the wrist), PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma, a treatment method that involves therapeutic injections to combat the effects of osteoarthritis pain. PRP injections consist of blood-based growth factors taken straight from the patient’s blood plasma and applied to an injured area. This causes new tissues to formulate and thus both alleviate inflammation in the tissue and promote the additional formation of tissue.