The hand is one of the most intricate and flexible structures in the human body is very susceptible to injury and disease.

Hand & Wrist

The hand is one of the most intricate and flexible structures in the human body, unsurpassed in sensitivity, mobility, and strength. Because of its usefulness and complexity, the hand is particularly susceptible to injury and disease and requires specialized care. Surgeons and specialists at Mulroy Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provide outstanding care to help patients cope and recover from the most intricate hand and wrist problems.

Common Problems

Our orthopaedists can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions of the hand and wrist that may cause pain and discomfort. Acute injuries include fractures, sprains, tendonitis, and contusions. Examples of common chronic hand problems are:

Carpal tunnel syndrome– a wrist disorder caused by a compressed nerve or increased pressure on the wrist. Any medical condition that causes swelling of the tissues in the carpal tunnel (a narrow passageway running from the palm of the hand to forearm) such as thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes; can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with many factors making it difficult to attribute to a specific cause. Nonetheless, symptoms include numbness or tingling in the thumb, index, long and sometimes ring fingers; trouble grasping or dropping objects; weakness in the hand; discomfort or pain that occurs frequently at night or early in the morning, which starts in the hand and can radiate all the way to the elbow.

Ganglion cysts– hard, bony-feeling lumps under the skin that can occur on the back of the wrist, the palm side of the wrist or on a finger joint. These non-cancerous bumps occur when a sac beneath your skin fills with jelly-like fluid that will not drain. Sometimes this is caused when linings of tendons or joints poke a tear in the ligaments covering them. In many cases, they will go away on their own but can be treated by draining them with a needle or by surgical removal.

Trigger finger– a condition in which the sheath surrounding tendons in your finger become swollen. Symptoms include pain, swelling, popping and a catching feeling in the finger or thumb. The finger sometimes becomes locked in one position and is difficult to bend or straighten. Trigger finger can be associated with rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes.

PHYSICIANS

Dr. Michael Vazquez, M.D.

College Williams College- Williamstown, MA B.A., Biology Medical School Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons – New York, NY M.D. Degree Internship Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center- Boston, MA General Surgery Residency Harvar

Dr. Susan Barrett, M.D.

College Harvard University – Cambridge, MA Medical School Tulane University School of Medicine – New Orleans, LA Internship Barnes-Jewish Hospital  – St. Louis, MO Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis, MO General