SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - If you have a bone or a joint problem, chances are you have seen one of New England Orthopedic Surgeons 14 great surgeons here who can help with orthopedic problems from head to toe. We spoke with Dr. Jacqueline Vanderzanden who shared more on keeping our hands safe and how to combat carpal tunnel and arthritis.
New England Orthopedic Surgeons
Serving the Pioneer Valley for over 30 years
300 Birnie Ave., Suite 201
(413) 785 - 4666
The Hand, Wrist, and Elbow
Fractures of the hand can occur in either the small bones of the fingers (phalanges) or the long bones (metacarpals). They can result from a twisting injury, a fall, a crush injury, or direct contact in sports. The scaphoid is one of the small bones in the wrist. It is the wrist bone that is most likely to break. The scaphoid is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends. When you bend your elbow, you can easily feel its "tip," a bony prominence that extends from one of the lower arm bones (the ulna). That tip is called the olecranon. It is positioned directly under the skin of the elbow, without much protection from muscles or other soft tissues. It can easily break if you suffer a direct blow to the elbow or fall on a bent elbow.
Distal radius fractures are very common. In fact, the radius is the most commonly broken bone in the arm. The break usually happens when a fall causes someone to land on their outstretched hands. It can also happen in a car accident, a bike accident, a skiing accident, and similar situations. A wrist sprain is a common injury. There are many ligaments in the wrist that can be stretched or torn, resulting in a sprain. This occurs when the wrist is bent forcefully, such as in a fall onto an outstretched hand.
Seek treatment if you experience the following:
- Inability to move the finger
- Shortened finger
- Finger crosses over its neighbor when making a partial fist
- Depressed knuckle
- Swelling in the wrist
- Pain at the time of the injury
- Persistent pain when you move your wrist
- Bruising or discoloration of the skin around the wrist
- Tenderness at the injury site
- A feeling of popping or tearing inside the wrist
- A warm or feverish feeling to the skin around the wrist
- Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow
- Weak grip strength
- Swelling or a deformed appearance (indicating dislocation or fracture)
- Restricted range of motion
- Locking of the elbow joint
About New England Orthopedic Surgeons:
New England Orthopedic Surgeons is made up of 15 Physicians, 17 highly trained Physician Assistants and Advance Practice Registered Nurses, and 180 dedicated employees. Serving the region for over 30 years, we have a strong tradition of community support, charitable giving, and our providers regularly devote time to The Shriners Hospital for Children.