Veda Medical

Stiffness in the Hand or Wrist

Welcome to Veda Medical, a trusted healthcare provider dedicated to comprehensive care for various medical conditions. At Veda Medical, we understand the impact that stiffness in the hand or wrist can have on your daily activities and overall quality of life. We are committed to helping you find relief and regain optimal functionality through our specialized services and personalized approach.

Stiffness in the hand or wrist can arise from various causes, including injuries, overuse, degenerative conditions, inflammatory disorders, or underlying medical conditions. It can manifest as a decreased range of motion, difficulty performing fine motor tasks, pain, swelling, or a sense of tightness in the affected area.

Our team of experienced physicians and specialists at Veda Medical is well-versed in diagnosing and treating hand and wrist conditions associated with stiffness. We utilize advanced diagnostic techniques and collaborate closely with you to understand your symptoms, medical history, and specific concerns. This comprehensive evaluation helps us determine the underlying cause of your hand or wrist stiffness and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Our goal is to alleviate your symptoms, improve joint mobility, and restore functionality in your hand or wrist. We offer a range of treatment options tailored to your specific needs. These may include conservative approaches such as medication management, splinting, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. In more severe cases or when conservative measures are insufficient, our skilled surgeons may recommend surgical interventions to address the underlying issue.

At Veda Medical, we prioritize patient education and empowerment. Well-informed patients are better equipped to participate in their own care actively. Our team takes the time to explain your condition, discuss treatment options, and address any concerns or questions you may have. We are dedicated to providing compassionate care and ensuring comfort throughout your treatment journey.

With a focus on evidence-based medicine, advanced technology, and a patient-centered approach, Veda Medical is committed to helping you overcome stiffness in your hand or wrist. We strive to improve your quality of life and restore your ability to engage in daily activities without limitations.

Experience our dedication to excellence as we work together to find solutions and effectively treat stiffness in your hand or wrist. When you choose Veda Medical, you are choosing a team of professionals who are passionate about delivering exceptional care and helping you regain optimal functionality and well-being.

What is Stiffness in the Hand or Wrist?

Stiffness in the hand or wrist refers to a sensation of reduced mobility or limited movement in these areas. It can affect people of all ages and may be caused by various factors, including injuries, overuse, underlying medical conditions, or degenerative changes.

When the hand or wrist becomes stiff, it can result in difficulties performing daily activities that require fine motor skills, such as writing, typing, grasping objects, or buttoning clothes. The stiffness can manifest as a sensation of tightness, discomfort, or pain in the affected area. Several conditions can contribute to stiffness in the hand or wrist:

  1. Arthritis: Arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more joints. In the context of hand and wrist stiffness, several types of arthritis can contribute to this symptom. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the protective cartilage in the joints gradually wears away, leading to stiffness, pain, and limited mobility. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation in the joints, including the hand and wrist, resulting in stiffness, swelling, and joint deformity. Other forms of inflammatory arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis or gout, can also cause stiffness, joint pain, and swelling in the hand or wrist.
  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs through a narrow passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel, becomes compressed or pinched. This compression can occur due to repetitive hand and wrist movements, wrist injury, or anatomical variations. Along with symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hand, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also cause stiffness in the hand and wrist. The stiffness is often accompanied by discomfort and may affect hand grip strength and dexterity.
  3. Tendinitis: Tendinitis refers to inflammation of a tendon, which is the tissue that connects muscle to bone. In the hand or wrist, tendinitis can occur due to repetitive use or overuse of the hand and wrist, such as in activities like typing sports, or manual labor. The inflammation causes stiffness, pain, and limited movement in the affected tendons, which can result in reduced hand and wrist mobility.
  4. Injuries: Sprains, strains, fractures, or dislocations of the hand or wrist can lead to stiffness as the body heals and attempts to protect the injured area. In response to an injury, the body initiates an inflammatory response, resulting in swelling, pain, and stiffness. The stiffness is often a protective mechanism to prevent further damage and allows the injured tissues to heal properly.
  5. Degenerative Conditions: Degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease can affect the hand and wrist joints, causing the cartilage that cushions the joints to deteriorate over time. As the cartilage wears away, the joints become less flexible, leading to stiffness and reduced range of motion. This can result in discomfort, pain, and difficulty performing everyday tasks that require hand and wrist movements.
  6. Nerve Compression: Compressions of nerves in the hand or wrist, such as the ulnar or radial nerve, can contribute to hand and wrist stiffness. Nerve compression can occur due to anatomical abnormalities, repetitive motions, or pressure on the nerves. Along with stiffness, nerve compression may cause pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected hand or wrist.

It is essential to seek medical evaluation if you experience persistent stiffness in your hand or wrist, as early intervention can help identify the underlying cause and initiate appropriate treatment. A healthcare professional or specialist can perform a thorough examination, order diagnostic tests if necessary, and recommend a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and improve hand or wrist mobility.

Treatment options may include medication management, splinting, physical therapy exercises to improve range of motion and strength, heat or cold therapy, lifestyle modifications, and in some cases, surgical interventions. The specific approach depends on the underlying cause of the stiffness and the individual’s unique circumstances.

Addressing the underlying cause and implementing appropriate treatment can relieve hand or wrist stiffness, restore functionality, and improve the quality of life. At Veda Medical, our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive care for hand and wrist conditions, helping you regain optimal mobility and function.

Possible Treatment Options for Hand and Wrist Stiffness

The treatment options for hand and wrist stiffness depend on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Here are some possible treatment approaches:

  1. Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and alleviate hand and wrist stiffness pain. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to provide targeted relief by reducing inflammation in the affected area.
  2. Physical Therapy: A physical therapist can design a customized exercise program to improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and enhance overall mobility. They may employ stretching, range-of-motion exercises, and manual therapy to relieve stiffness and improve hand and wrist function.
  3. Hand Splints or Braces: Wearing a splint or brace can provide support, immobilize the affected joints, and alleviate stress on the hand and wrist. These devices can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote healing.
  4. Heat and Cold Therapy: Applying heat or cold to the affected hand and wrist can help alleviate stiffness and reduce inflammation. Heat therapy, such as warm compresses or paraffin wax baths, can promote blood circulation and relax stiff muscles. Cold therapy, using ice packs or cold compresses, can help reduce swelling and numb pain.
  5. Lifestyle Modifications: Certain lifestyle modifications can help manage hand and wrist stiffness. This includes maintaining a healthy weight to reduce joint stress, practicing proper ergonomics to minimize strain during daily activities, and incorporating regular breaks or modifications for activities that may aggravate symptoms.
  6. Occupational Therapy: An occupational therapist can provide specialized interventions and strategies to optimize hand and wrist function for daily tasks. They may suggest adaptive equipment, ergonomic modifications, and techniques to protect the joints and minimize stiffness during activities.
  7. Surgery: In severe cases when conservative measures do not provide sufficient relief, surgical intervention may be considered. Procedures such as joint arthroscopy, joint reconstruction, or joint replacement may be recommended to address structural abnormalities, repair damaged tissues, or replace severely affected joints.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or specialist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific condition. They will evaluate the underlying cause of hand and wrist stiffness, consider your medical history, and customize a treatment approach that suits your needs, goals, and overall health.

Question & Answer

Question: What causes hand and wrist stiffness? 

Answer: Hand and wrist stiffness can have various causes, including arthritis (such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, injuries, degenerative conditions, nerve compression, or repetitive use. The underlying cause of stiffness can be determined through a medical evaluation by a healthcare professional.

Question: How can hand and wrist stiffness be relieved at home? 

Answer: Home remedies to help relieve hand and wrist stiffness include applying warm compresses or cold packs, performing gentle stretching exercises, practicing good ergonomics, taking breaks during repetitive activities, and using over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory creams. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Question: When should I see a doctor for hand and wrist stiffness? 

Answer: It is advisable to see a doctor if hand and wrist stiffness persists or worsens, significantly impacts daily activities, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as severe pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, or weakness. A healthcare professional can evaluate your condition, determine the underlying cause, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Question: Can hand and wrist stiffness be a sign of arthritis? 

Answer: Yes, hand and wrist stiffness can be a symptom of arthritis, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints, including the hands and wrists. If you experience persistent or worsening stiffness, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.

Question: Can exercise help with hand and wrist stiffness? 

Answer: Yes, exercise can be beneficial in managing hand and wrist stiffness. It can help improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and enhance overall mobility. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional or physical therapist to receive guidance on specific exercises and techniques that are safe and appropriate for your condition.

Question: What treatments are available for hand and wrist stiffness caused by carpal tunnel syndrome? 

Answer: Treatment options for hand and wrist stiffness related to carpal tunnel syndrome may include wearing a wrist splint, modifying activities to avoid repetitive motions, taking anti-inflammatory medications, or receiving corticosteroid injections. In severe cases, carpal tunnel release surgery may be recommended to relieve pressure on the median nerve and alleviate symptoms.

Remember, hand and wrist stiffness can have various causes, and it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options based on your specific condition. They can provide tailored advice, address concerns, and guide you through the process of managing hand and wrist stiffness effectively.

Why Choose Veda Medical

Choosing the right medical provider for your finger services ensures the best outcomes. Here’s why Veda Medical stands out as your ideal choice:

  • Experienced Team of Specialists: Our team at Veda Medical comprises highly trained and experienced professionals who specialize in treating various finger and hand conditions. Their expertise extends to conservative treatments and complex surgical procedures, providing patients with the highest standard of care.
  • Advanced Microsurgical Techniques: We utilize state-of-the-art microsurgical techniques to treat various conditions. These high-precision procedures enable us to repair minute structures in hand, often resulting in less post-operative pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery times.
  • Comprehensive Care: From the initial consultation to follow-up appointments, our team provides comprehensive care that addresses the whole patient. This approach involves treating the immediate condition and supporting related issues, such as pain management and rehabilitation.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: At Veda Medical, we prioritize the needs of our patients. We believe in offering personalized care tailored to each patient’s circumstances. This approach means that every treatment plan is unique and designed to deliver the best possible results.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: We invest in the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology to enhance our services. Our commitment to technology is second to none, from high-definition imaging systems for accurate diagnosis to the latest surgical instruments for precise treatment.
  • Collaborative Multidisciplinary Team: Our team works collaboratively to deliver optimal patient care. Everyone is vital, from surgeons and physiotherapists to nurses and administrative staff. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that all patient care aspects are coordinated and effective.
  • Focus on Patient Education: We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their condition and treatment options. Our team takes the time to explain the details of each procedure, allowing patients to make informed decisions about their care.
  • Research and Innovation: Veda Medical is actively involved in research and innovation as a forward-thinking institution. Our commitment to staying abreast of the latest advancements ensures that our patients benefit from the most up-to-date treatments.
  • Safety and Comfort: Patient safety and comfort are our top priorities. We adhere to rigorous sterilization and safety protocols, and our team is committed to making the patient experience as comfortable as possible.
  • Accessible and Convenient: With flexible scheduling and convenient locations, accessing our services is straightforward and hassle-free. We also offer telehealth consultations for patients who prefer to consult with our specialists from their homes.
  • Post-Treatment Rehabilitation: We provide robust rehabilitation support post-treatment to help our patients regain full functionality. Our physiotherapy team designs personalized programs to facilitate recovery and restore mobility.
  • Follow-Up Care: We believe in the importance of regular follow-up care. Our team is committed to monitoring your recovery and making necessary adjustments to your treatment plan, ensuring you achieve the best possible outcome.

Choosing Veda Medical for your finger services ensures that you’re entrusting your care to a team of dedicated professionals committed to excellence in every aspect of their work. Our patient-centric approach, advanced technology, and cutting-edge techniques ensure every patient receives the best possible care. Trust us to provide you with the highest standard of care for your finger and hand needs.

Other Services We Provide

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrom
  • Carpometacarpal Boss
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Fingers
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Nail Bed Injuries 
  • Nerve and Tendon Injuries
  • Power Saw Injuries
  • Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Union and Non-Union
  • Trigger Finger, and Jammed and Mallet Finger
  • Wrist Facture
  • Wrist Sprain

Meet Dr. Mohan

Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Trained in Hand, Wrist, and Microsurgery. Dr. Pradeep S. Mohan is a highly-skilled, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. After completing his General Surgery Residency at Seton Hall University, he attended Yale University and Southern Illinois University to complete fellowships in Hand and Microsurgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has received extensive training in all aspects of Cosmetic Surgery and Non-Surgical Rejuvenation. 

Dr. Mohan takes pride in his work, and his patients love him for his transparency, excellent bedside manner, and ease of explanation of the procedures. He believes in having educated and informed patients. Dr. Mohan is known for his individualized and comprehensive treatment plans and dedication to perfection, resulting in total patent satisfaction. He is here to help you achieve your desired goals.

Contact Us Today!

Are you ready to regain optimal hand and wrist function, alleviate pain, and enhance your quality of life? Look no further than Veda Medical, where our experienced team of hand specialists is dedicated to providing exceptional care and personalized treatment options. We are committed to delivering outstanding outcomes with our expertise in hand and microsurgery, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate approach. Contact Veda Medical today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards restored hand and wrist health. Let us be your trusted partner on your journey to improved function, comfort, and a brighter future.

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