Work place injuries to the hand, wrist, and elbow are extremely common. This is the case for everything from strains and sprains, to tendonitis, fractures and lacerations.
While accidents at the work place have a clearer “cause and effect”, there are other work-place risks. Jobs that entail assembly work, repetitive grasping, lifting, and any other extensive work involving the hand or arm, can cause problems. In fact, vibration from heavy equipment, including hand-held power tools, can cause some of these problems. Injuries often also occur with constant tasks on the job, causing a category of repetitive strain injuries. Often, workers can erroneously associate these types of aches and pains with everyday results of their workplace, and decide they simply have to live with them. However, these pains are not only uncomfortable, but may result in serious injury over time. Common injuries that result with this type of pain include examples such as carpal tunnel and trigger finger.
At the Center for Hand Disorders, we commonly treat a vast array of disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow, incurred at the work place—from repetitive motion disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow injuries and tendonitis, to diseases like arthritis or traumatic injuries and complex fractures.
Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the hand, wrist and elbow is a very specialized field that is important in the care of a wide range of work-related symptoms and conditions. Rapid and proper medical evaluation assists individuals to return to work and avoid the impact of absence from the job on the worker and his/her family.
At The Center for Hand Disorders, we approach all work-related injuries initially with the most conservative measures to resolve any problems and return patients to their jobs as soon as possible. This includes treatment such as medications, injections, and therapy. If and when surgery is indicated, the most advanced and minimally invasive procedures are the treatment of choice.