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Treating Pain for: Hand & Wrist

As one of the most intricate parts of the body, the hand is particularly vulnerable to injury and disease. Pain and loss of function in the hand or wrist can significantly impact your quality of life. If you suffer from a hand or wrist problem, it's important to seek specialized care.

Fortunately, New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) can help. We are a specialty hospital: Our entire hospital focuses solely on orthopedics, with expertise spanning routine treatments to the most complex surgery. So whether it's a fracture, arthritis, finger deformity, or nerve problem such as numbness or tingling, our hand and wrist experts are ready to get you back to health.

Our approach to treating hand pain and wrist pain is based on decades of researching new therapies and patient outcomes. We also call on our experience in treating a high volume of orthopedic patients including those with hand and wrist problems.

Finding the Cause of Your Hand or Wrist Pain

Bones of the Hand and WristThe first step in diagnosing your problem is identifying the main cause of your hand pain or wrist pain. Your NEBH orthopedic surgeon will talk with you in great depth about your complaints and what lifestyle you'd like to get back to. He or she will also do a thorough physical examination, carefully evaluating factors such as range of motion, stability, tenderness and strength.

Sometimes further testing, such as an MRI, is needed to make a precise diagnosis. At NEBH, we have an extremity MRI unit, a cutting-edge machine that produces ultra-high-quality images of tendons and ligaments. The extremity MRI requires the patient to place only their hand, rather than their whole body, into the machine ensuring a more pleasant experience. This technology helps our dedicated musculoskeletal radiologists and neuroradiologists — in close collaboration with your surgeon — to diagnose your problem precisely. 

Developing a Personalized Treatment Plan

Once a diagnosis is made and your team understands your goals for treatment, we'll develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The plan may cover everything from education to rehabilitation.

Due to their experience and familiarity with the medical literature and latest treatment options, our physicians understand what kinds of results are realistic for various treatment approaches. Your doctor will weigh these expectations along with your particular goals and concerns in helping you choose the best option.

Whenever possible, we try to treat hand or wrist problems without surgery. Common non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Pain Management Medications, including steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and cortisone injections
  • Bracing or splinting to keep your finger, hand or wrist from moving and allow it to heal
  • One-on-one therapy, including rehabilitation services, from certified hand therapists at our Outpatient Hand Therapy Clinic 
  • Activity modification to reduce the stress placed on the hand.

These non-surgical treatment options may be appropriate prior to surgery or by themselves without surgery. If they haven't relieved your hand/wrist pain or improved function, hand surgery may be appropriate. (For some diagnoses, surgery will be the best and first treatment option.)

Click here to consult with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the hand and wrist, or call NEBH at 855-370-NEBH (6324) for a referral.