Hand Conditions Specialist

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Specialists located in Schaumburg, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Your hands are made up of a complex structure of nerves, blood vessels, bones, and soft tissues that must withstand constant pressure throughout the day — a combination that makes them prone to numerous hand conditions. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists have extensive experience treating diverse types of hand conditions. If you have hand pain, stiffness, or another hand problem, call one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Hand Conditions Q & A

What types of arthritis affect your hands and fingers?

Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis of the hand and fingers. It’s a degenerative disease that develops as loss of cartilage causes pain, stiffness, impaired movement, and inflammation.

Rheumatoid arthritis also affects your hands. This form of arthritis causes chronic inflammation that erodes bones and causes finger deformities.  

What sports-related ligament injuries affect your hands?

Roughly 25% of all sports-related injuries involve the hand or wrist. These are two of the most common ligament injuries:

Scapholunate ligament tear

A partial or complete scapholunate ligament tear causes wrist pain and affects hand strength and movement.

Ulnar collateral ligament tear

Called “skier’s thumb” because it’s an injury often incurred in sports like skiing, basketball, and football, it weakens your grasp and can cause long-term instability.

What are the most common types of hand trauma and fractures?

Some of the most common hand injuries include:

  • Cuts (lacerations)
  • Fractured fingers
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Sprained muscles
  • High-pressure injuries
  • Nerve and vessel injuries

What common tendon injuries occur in the hand?

Examples of hand tendon injuries include:

Flexor tendon tear

A cut on the palm side of your fingers, hand, or wrist can damage flexor tendons, which control hand movement.

Mallet finger injury or baseball finger

An injury to the thin tendon that straightens the end joint of a finger, baseball finger occurs when an object strikes and bends the top of your finger.

Boutonniere deformity

This deformity develops when tendons that straighten the middle finger joint are injured, leaving you unable to straighten your finger. This condition requires prompt treatment to prevent permanent deformity and impaired movement.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve that travels from your arm into your hand becomes compressed as it goes through the carpal tunnel in your wrist. It causes tingling, numbness, and hand weakness.

You can develop carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive wrist motions, office work, injury, and some medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Which other hand conditions do orthopedic specialists treat?

The doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists treat numerous hand conditions. A few examples include:

  • Trigger finger: finger stuck in bent position
  • Dupuytren’s contracture: thickening of fibrous tissues causes fingers to bend into the palm
  • Ganglion cysts and masses: ganglion cysts are fluid-filled growths in a joint; masses are abnormal growths of tissue

Whether you have hand pain, weakness, or deformity, the experts at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists can help. Please call for an evaluation.