New, less invasive treatments alleviate hand and wrist discomfort
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tying a shoe, typing an email, opening a jar, texting on a Blackberry. The mobility of our fingers and wrists can often be taken for granted. That is until the throbbing pain begins, and interferes with simple, everyday tasks. According to new research presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/), there are new alternatives other than surgery for hand and wrist pain.
"Outside of the brain, the hand is the most versatile part of the body," stated A. Lee Osterman, M.D. and professor of orthopedic and hand surgery at
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Common hand and finger problems can include arthritis in the base of the thumb, Dupuytren's Disease (a thickening of tissues causing the fingers to curl toward the palm) and nerve pain, explains Dr. Osterman. But new treatments, like arthroscopy, collagenase injections, nerve wraps, desensitization techniques, therapeutic techniques and neuroleptic medications -- both oral and injectable -- (examples include Vitamin C and Botulinum injections) have aided a hand surgeon's ability to combat these problems and get patients back to full function.
"Arthroscopic treatment is a viable, newer option for people with thumb and finger arthritis," said Scott P. Steinmann, M.D., professor of orthopaedics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His recent study in the Journal of Hand Surgery showed that 94 percent of patients undergoing arthroscopic debridement procedures were partially or completely satisfied.
According to a recent study by Lawrence C. Hurst, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Orthopaedics,
L. Andrew Koman, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at
Dr. Osterman concluded that "injuries, arthritis and aging affect hand mobility and these newer alternatives offer a bright outlook for patients."
Note: This topic will be the focus of a Media Briefing entitled: "Handling the Hand: New Treatments in Hand and Wrist Pain" on Thursday, February 26, in the Sands Expo Center, Venetian Hotel, Level One, Room 904 at 10:45 AM. Panelists include: Moderator: A. Lee Osterman, M.D.; L. Andrew Koman, M.D.; Scott P. Steinmann, M.D. and Lawrence Hurst, M.D.
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