The tendons and nerves in our hands allow us to flex or extend our hands/fingers properly. Tendon and nerve injuries will likely make everyday tasks difficult, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. The majority of tendon injuries are the result of gradual wear and tear from overuse or aging. Nerve damage can occur from pressure, stretching, or cutting. Tendon and nerve injuries of the hand can vary, and the rate of recovery depends on the severity of the injury.
Tendon injury symptoms may include:
- Pain when using the affected tendon
- Increased pain and stiffness during the night or right when you wake up
- The area may be tender, red, warm, or swollen
- When using the tendon, you may hear a crunching sound
- A painful sensation when you turn your wrist, grasp, or make a fist, thus affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist (De Quervain’s).
Nerve injury symptoms include:
- Tingling or prickling
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office today. We will be happy to schedule your consultation with Dr. Krebiehl, our highly trained hand and plastic surgeon, during which she will assess the damage and create a plan of action regarding treatment.
In order to diagnose the extent of tendon or nerve damage, a number of tests may be recommended, including a physical exam, electromyography (EMG), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The treatment option that is right for you will depend on the extent of the tendon and/or nerve injury. Treatment options may include medication, casting or splinting, nerve blocks, surgery, or more. Dr. Krebiehl will work with you to create a specialized treatment plan for your particular case.
Recovery time will also depend on the extent of your tendon and/or nerve injury. If the damage is mild, the nerves may repair themselves. However, if the damage is more severe, it can take weeks or months for nerves to heal. Our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to ensure that your injury heals properly.
“Great results- better then I could have imagined- Over thrilled with the results and the office -staff prior to and during surgery- also post op care was amazing!”Patient reviews
Contact Us Today
If you believe that you may have a tendon or nerve injury, contact Plastic Surgery Associates in Grand Rapids, MI today. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.Contact us