Our hands and wrists, which are made up of many small bones, joints and tendons, are so integral to our daily lives that we often don’t appreciate them until there’s something wrong. Conditions like arthritis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cysts, and injuries like lacerations and nerve damage, can negatively impact our quality of life.
Dr. Lauren Santiesteban, hand and wrist surgeon at UC San Francisco, explains basic hand anatomy and common conditions and injuries that cause pain and impair movement. She says steps for assessing hand pain include getting a patient’s history and doing a physical exam. Treatment may include rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, splinting, physical therapy, steroid injections or surgery.
Watch Lumps and Bumps of the Hand and Wrist.
Injuries and degenerative conditions affect us all and can result in pain, dysfunction and decreased quality of life. When we lose our mobility, our overall wellness suffers. What can we do to keep our body running at its best, help it recover when it gets injured, and maintain an active lifestyle? Presented by leaders in their field from the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, this series explores how to optimize wellness and not let aches and pains get you down.
Conservative Management of Low Back Pain
Injuries to the Female Athlete and the Creation of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at UCSF
Hip Pain: When Your Hip Won’t Let You Hop!
Ouch! My Aching Feet: Common Ailments of the Foot and Ankle
Hand Lumps, Bumps and Everything in Between
Living Longer and Healthier with Exercise
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Osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal degenerative conditions of aging affect millions of adults resulting in pain, dysfunction and decreased quality of life. In an aging active population, what can be done to prevent these degenerative changes, treat them when they occur, and restore individuals back to an active high functioning lifestyle?
This series presented by leaders in the field from the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, sheds light on current and future directions of orthopaedic surgery in treating degenerative conditions from our fingers to our toes.
Browse more programs in Aging Bones and Joints: Understanding Fractures and Cutting-Edge Approaches in Orthopaedics.