The hand and wrist are made up of 27 different bones, plus many muscles, ligaments, tendons and tissues that allow you to make a wide range of movements. These movements include gross motor activities, such as lifting a basket of laundry or shaking a hand, and fine motor activities, such as pinching, buttoning buttons, writing or pulling up zippers.
All of these activities require specific movements and coordination within the hand. It is a constant complex interaction between the nerves, muscles and tendons. Because the hand is so integral to your day-to-day activities, it's important to see a hand and wrist specialist if you feel any pain, experience an injury or have any coordination issues.
One-of-a-Kind Hand and Wrist Program in Philadelphia
Penn Medicine offers a unique hand and wrist program that combines the expertise of orthopaedic and plastic surgeons. By fully integrating both specialties at one location, the Penn Integrated Hand Program provides patients with complete and holistic care for their hand injuries.
Plastic surgeons have specialized training to treat soft tissue injuries of the hand and wrist and to perform microsurgery, while orthopaedic hand surgeons have expertise in treating fractures and other conditions that affect the bones. Both specialties have the expertise to treat many other hand and wrist conditions, such as carpal instability, and to perform wrist arthroscopy.
Treatments for Hand and Wrist Pain
If you are experiencing hand or wrist pain, the Integrated Hand Program team will review your case and develop an integrated plan for treatment and recovery. Our surgeons work together every day and specialize in every type of hand and wrist procedure, including:
If you have a bad injury and require fracture care or complex plastic surgery, you’ll have immediate access to the various experts who can heal your hand and wrist. With all specialists available in one location, the Integrated Hand Program eliminates the need to have multiple appointments to see the different specialists needed for your injury.
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Conditions that Cause Hand and Wrist Pain
When pain in your hand and wrist strikes, gross and fine motor activities may become difficult to perform. Pain can stem from nerve damage, inflammation around the joints, sprains or a medical condition.
Some of the most common causes of hand and wrist pain include: