Dislocations/Ligament Injuries Katy TX
Dislocations and ligament injuries of the upper extremity are extremely common. The fingers and thumb are often injured after a fall or while playing sports. Extreme sports and automobile accidents can cause injuries to the major joints of the hand and wrist. At The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy, we specialize in treating injuries to the hand, including dislocations and ligament injuries. Our team can provide you with the professional medical care you need.
Understanding Hand Dislocations and Ligament Injuries
Dislocations of the hand occur when the bones in the wrists or fingers are forced out of position from the joint. Dislocations are known to cause severe pain, loss of sensation around the affected area, and a loss of function. Hand dislocations can also result in damage to the tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels as well as fractures in the hand.
Hand dislocations commonly occur during sports such as basketball and football. Falling on outstretched hands can also lead to dislocation and ligament damage. Hand injuries are also common following motor vehicle accidents.
Treating Dislocations and Ligament Injuries
Unfortunately, many people assume that dislocations simply need to be put back in place and buddy-taped. For minor injuries this can be appropriate, however, more severe injuries may require alternative treatments including surgery. If not correctly addressed in a timely fashion, moderate to severe injuries can lead to permanent disability including long term pain, stiffness, and joint instability.
Proper treatment of dislocations and ligament injuries requires timely and accurate diagnosis by a trained professional. Your medical history will be reviewed and you will be asked about the symptoms you are experiencing and how the injury occurred. The hand may be X-rayed to determine if a dislocation or fracture has occurred.
In some cases, surgery may be required to properly correct the issue. Surgery is typically performed when the tendons or ligaments in the hand have become trapped as a result of a dislocation. An incision will be made on the hand to allow the surgeon to free the trapped joints or ligaments so that the bones at the joint can be properly aligned.
A splint may be placed along the joint of the hand where the dislocation occurred. Physical therapy will likely be recommended to ensure the hand heals and functions properly. The length of the recovery varies from patient to patient based depending on the extent of the injury and whether or not surgery was performed. It can take several weeks for the hand to properly heal. Your doctor will provide you with a list of instructions to help you through the recovery process.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you have sustained a dislocation or ligament injury of the fingers, hand, or wrist, please contact The Hand & Plastic Surgery Center of Katy at 832-232-HAND (4263) to be evaluated by Dr. Das or Dr. Stephenson. They can properly evaluate the injury and determine the best treatment options for you.