Exams for Hand and Wrist Injuries in North Houston
You may take your hands for granted, but the truth is you are dependent on them to live your everyday life comfortably. The hand is a very complex body part; if you suffer from hand or wrist issues, you need to know you are getting the best possible orthopaedic treatments. KSF Orthopaedic Center is committed to your ongoing hand health, so give us a call at (281) 440-6960 to discuss your hand and wrist issues.
Hand and Wrist Issues We Treat
Here at KSF Orthopaedic Center, our physicians are experienced and can treat a wide variety of hand and wrist problems. With over 40 years of experience, our practice is one you can rely on, time and time again.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the more common hand and wrist injuries. If you suffer from this condition, you may experience numbness, tingling, and pain. In order to diagnose this problem, our orthopaedic doctor will inspect your hand and wrist and also order an x-ray and an EMG (electromyography) or an NCS (nerve conduction study). Noninvasive treatment for this condition includes wrist splints, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and cortisone injections.
If you have an accident involving your wrist and experience pain, swelling, or deformity of the injured wrist, you may be suffering from a wrist fracture. If you experience any of these symptoms, the hand and wrist specialists here at KSF Orthopaedic Center can help.
Stenosing tenosynovitis is also known as trigger finger. If you experience this issue, you may find that your finger is locked in a flexed position when you wake up one morning. Orthopaedics treatments for this condition include rest and splints, anti-inflammatory medication, and cortisone injections.
A wrist sprain can be caused by an accident, such as being struck by an object or falling onto your wrist. After we diagnose this issue, our orthopaedic therapy may include icing, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, braces or casts, and physical therapy.
Mallet finger is a condition where you experience a loss of mobility in your hand. If you have mallet finger, your finger can be pushed straight, but it will not maintain this position on its own. In most cases, the treatment is orthopaedic therapy in the form of a splint on the finger.
Basal joint arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints. Treatment for this condition includes splints, anti-inflammatory medication, and cortisone injections. If these treatments do not work, our doctor may recommend you see our orthopaedic surgeon.
If you have a mucous cyst, then you may need to make an appointment with our orthopaedic surgeon. An early sign of a mucous cyst may be grooving of your fingernail due to pressure from the cyst on your nail bed. We can confirm the diagnosis by examining your finger and taking an x-ray.
A ganglion cyst is a firm, fluid-filled mass that may appear on the back or palm side of your wrist. Ganglion cysts may be somewhat painful; we treat them by extracting fluid and applying a pressure dressing and a wrist splint.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is inflammation of the tissue on the thumb side of your wrist. Our doctors can tell if you have this condition by doing an examination of your wrist. Treatment for this issue includes rest, anti-inflammatory medications, splints, and cortisone injections.
Dupuytren’s disease is an abnormal thickening of the tissue in the palm of your hand. We can confirm a case of Dupuytren’s disease by thoroughly examining your hands. Treatment for this condition is difficult; there are surgical options available, but even after successful surgery, symptoms may reoccur. If you believe you may have Dupuytren’s disease, give us a call at (281) 440-6960, and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Dr. Melissa Arief is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. Dr. Arief graduated with both general and departmental honors from Vassar College where she earned her B.A. in biochemistry. She then earned a combined Medical Doctorate (M.D.) and Masters of Health (M.H.S.) specializing in translational research at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. Dr. Arief completed her residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center (SUNY) Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. While attending SUNY Downstate she presented numerous papers at annual meetings of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), American Academy of Hand Surgery (AAHS), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS). She received multiple awards for her work including the honor of presenting the top paper at the ASSH Meeting in San Francisco in 2014. Dr. Arief continued her education by completing her fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at The Philadelphia Hand Center affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University where she trained with world-renowned hand surgeons in all of the latest and most up-to-date surgical procedures and techniques. .
Born and Raised in New Jersey, Dr. Arief moved to Houston in 2016 to join KSF Orthopaedic Center, P.A.