Have you been having pain in your fingers, tingling, or burning; perhaps you find your fingers are weaker and you drop things? Nerve compression syndromes, such as carpal tunnel, are very common problems, often exacerbated by repetitive work. In Newark and Wilmington Delaware there are many primary care physicians who see this everyday in their office. Often splinting is tried as well as the occasional injection. However, the end result is usually the same and surgical intervention is required. The board certified plastic surgeons of Advanced Plastic Surgery & Nouveau Cosmetic Center near Wilmington, Delaware are available to assist you with your needs.
Common nerve compression syndromes:
- Carpal Tunnel – compression of the median nerve at the wrist
- Cubital Tunnel – compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow
- Guyon’s Canal – compression of the ulnar nerve at the wrist
Each of these compression syndromes presents with change in sensation, often accompanied by pain in the affected fingers. As time progresses, weakness and even atrophy or thinning of the muscles will be seen.
Surgical intervention is a great option for many people as there are locations where the nerve is being pinched under the skin, a simple release of the pinched area will most often make a significant improvement in the symptoms.
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If you believe you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or your physician has told you that you do; please contact Advanced Plastic Surgery Center located in Newark, Delaware, convenient to Wilmington, Elkton Maryland, Chester County Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey today to schedule a consultation with one of our board certified surgeons for an evaluation to see if surgery is right for you. If so, rest assured this outpatient procedure will be performed by our excellent surgeons to get your the relief you need.
In trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, one of your fingers or your thumb gets stuck in a bent position and then straightens with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.
Often painful, trigger finger is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions are more susceptible. Trigger finger is also more common in women and in anyone with diabetes.
Signs and symptoms of trigger finger may progress from mild to severe and include:
- Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning
- A popping or clicking sensation as you move your finger
- Tenderness or a bump (nodule) at the base of the affected finger
- Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight
- Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten
Trigger finger more commonly occurs in your dominant hand, and most often affects your thumb or your middle or ring finger. More than one finger may be affected at a time, and both hands might be involved. Triggering is usually more pronounced in the morning, while firmly grasping an object or when straightening your finger.
Ready For Your Next Step…
If you have any stiffness or catching in a finger joint, the board certified plastic surgeons at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center are able to assist you. Please call us today to learn more about trigger finger and schedule a consultation. At your visit, we will review your symptoms and perform a physical evaluation of your hand. In addition, we will assess your situation and guide you through your options including medical and surgical management.