It can take time for a repetitive injury to develop and it’s easy to ignore symptoms during the early stages. If you use your hands, fingers, and wrists frequently to perform weight-bearing activities, such as lifting and grasping heavy items, or repetitive activities, such as typing, playing the piano, or playing tennis, you may develop a repetitive injury. People who have arthritis or other degenerative diseases may be at a higher risk of developing a repetitive injury over the course of their lifetime. Dr. Prasad Kilaru offers several treatment options and can also perform surgery for the following types of repetitive injuries:
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
When the carpal tunnel inside the wrist is compressed or squeezed because of inflammation or degeneration of surrounding bones, the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel can cause pain and weakness. If diagnosed early, carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated without surgery. Learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome.
CUBITAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Pressure on the ‘funny bone’ nerve can cause numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers. If these symptoms do not subside, it may be a sign that that the nerve is permanently compressed and needs treatment. Learn more about cubital tunnel syndrome.
DE QUERVAIN’S TENDINOSIS
When only the tendons around the thumb become constricted or inflamed, the swelling can severely limit your ability to hold and grip things comfortably. De Quervain’s tendinosis is a repetitive injury that can be treated with both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Learn more about De Quervain’s tendinosis.
RADIAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
A dull or aching pain in the top of the forearm could be a sign of radial tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the radial nerve is pinched or compressed somewhere along the arm, and is often accompanied by stabbing pain around the forearm, elbow, or back of the hand. Learn more about radial tunnel syndrome.
Pain in the tissues and muscle around the forearm occurs when the tissues are swollen or when the forearm is overused. This frequently happens to tennis players, which is why this condition is called ‘tennis elbow’. Learn more about lateral epicondylitis.
When the pulleys holding the tendons close to the bone become too thick, you may notice a ‘catching feeling’ at the base of the finger or the thumb and sensitivity around the thumb. Surgical and non-surgical treatment options can restore full functioning of the hand. Learn more about trigger finger.
If you are experiencing symptoms of a repetitive injury, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kilaru today.