Hand And Wrist Pain Specialist

Thomas F. Saylor, M.D.

Board Certified Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in North Palm Beach, FL

Your hands and wrists play integral roles in your day-to-day life, and when they hurt, the course of your daily routines can shift. For men and women living in and around North Palm Beach, Florida, Thomas F. Saylor, MD, of Orthopaedic Care Specialists is a valuable resource for treating hand and wrist pain. Schedule a consultation online or over the phone to explore diagnostic and treatment options.

Hand and Wrist Pain Q & A

What are the primary causes of hand and wrist pain?

Your hands and wrists, although relatively small areas of your body, enable the majority of the tasks you perform each and every day. They are also exposed to repetitive stress and numerous injuries. Numbness and pain at night are especially common. 

Because your hands and wrists have multiple joints contained in an incredibly small area, anything that places undue pressure on your nerves can cause significant pain. Swelling in the hands and wrists can be more painful than in other areas of your body, both because you use your hands and wrists continually and because swelling can cause problems with nearby tissues. 

Some issues that can cause hand and wrist pain include:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Repetitive stress
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Kienbock’s disease
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Congenital deformities

It can be difficult to determine the source of hand and wrist pain without professional evaluation. 

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition in which your median nerve is placed under undue pressure. This nerve runs from your neck down your arm and into your hand. 

Your median nerve is protected by a passageway that runs through your wrist. Called the carpal tunnel, this passageway is made of small bones and a tough ligament. 

Anything that constricts your carpal tunnel can irritate the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. Common causes are repetitive hand or wrist motions, extreme hand or wrist positions, pregnancy, or certain medical conditions. 

Dr. Saylor is experienced in endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and can resolve carpal tunnel pain with little recovery time and immediate use of your hand. He can repair damaged nerve tissue and blood vessels to restore optimal wrist and hand function. 

In addition to treating carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Saylor also offers tendon and nerve transfers, nerve grafting, fracture fixation, thumb arthritis reconstruction, revision surgery, wrist arthroscopy and TFCC repairs, mass excision, and procedures to address trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contracture. 

What can I do to prevent hand and wrist pain?

An injury can happen unexpectedly, but you can prevent many other sources of hand and wrist pain. A great place to begin is by assessing how you use your hands and wrists on a daily basis. 

Some helpful tips:

  • Wear the proper protective gear for sports or fitness pursuits.
  • Learn some targeted stretching or exercises to reduce strain.
  • Modify your activities to place less pressure on your hands and wrists.
  • Take frequent breaks from repetitive hand and wrist motions. 

If hand and wrist pain is interfering with your daily routines, call or book an appointment online with Orthopaedic Care Specialists today.