Hand And Wrist Surgery Specialist

OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tampa, FL

If symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis in your hands or wrist make it difficult to perform your job or do other important tasks, Dr. G. Jason Hunt at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Tampa, Florida, can help. Dr. Hunt and his experienced medical team offer innovative surgical techniques to dramatically decrease your wrist or hand pain and provide you with long-term relief if you’re suffering from functionality issues. To learn more about surgical options for wrist and hand conditions, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office today.

Hand and Wrist Surgery Q & A

Why do I need hand or wrist surgery?

There are several conditions that can cause chronic pain and reduced functionality in your hands or wrists. Dr. Hunt offers effective surgical treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, to treat hand or wrist pain due to:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon tears
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Dr. Hunt can evaluate your pain and medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for hand or wrist surgery. He may initially recommend nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy or restricted activities, to reduce pain and improve functionality. If these therapies aren’t effective, you may need surgery.

How does arthritis affect the hands and wrist?

Arthritis is a disease that affects joint tissues anywhere in your body, including the hands, fingers, and wrists. The condition can develop because of an acute injury or due to chronic inflammation that results from disease or other medical issues.

The cartilage in your joints provides cushioning between your bones. With arthritis, the cartilage begins to break down and wear away, causing bones to grind together. This grinding leads to chronic pain, inflammation, and limited range of motion in your wrist and hands.

Surgery can repair cartilage or remove the damaged joint to improve the cushioning between your bones for long-term pain relief and enhanced functionality.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes tingling, numbness, and even pain in your hand, wrist, and arm during movement. The syndrome is the result of compression on the major nerve in your hand that travels through the carpal tunnel into the wrist.

Because the carpal tunnel is made up of tough connective tissue, it’s not very flexible. Any pressure on your nerve can result in numbness or pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of lifestyle habits, such as typing on the computer for extended periods of time. The condition may also develop because of heredity or underlying health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, or diabetes.

Surgery can help relieve the pressure on your nerve. Dr. Hunt may suggest carpal tunnel surgery if other treatments, like physical therapy, aren’t effective at relieving your symptoms.

If ongoing pain in your wrist or hand is reducing your quality of life, schedule an evaluation online or by calling OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation today.