FAQ About Hand and Wrist Injuries

Our experienced NYC orthopedic hand surgeons explain what you need to know

Are you in pain due to a serious hand and wrist injury? Looking for more information about your injury from a source you can trust? Get the facts from an experienced, New York orthopedic hand surgeon. Rely on Island Musculoskeletal Care (IMC Bone Doc) in greater New York City.

We know all about hand and wrist injuries because our doctors have been treating them for decades. Collectively, our board-certified surgeons at IMC Bone Doc have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. As a result, we know what symptoms to look for and what they mean. That’s why you need to make an appointment with us.

We understand the urgency of your situation. You’re likely in a lot of pain and you want relief now. That’s why we often have immediate appointments available the same day. Each one of our seven offices is equipped with an MRI machine and other state-of-the-art devices. That way, we can diagnose what’s wrong in one location in a timely manner. If you need follow-up care, we will do our best to schedule all your medical care at one convenient location.

What is your hand or wrist injury question?

Below, you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about hand or wrist injuries. Our answers are based on decades of working with patients just like you.

All our work has also taught our surgeons a very important lesson. We never take anything for granted. If you come to us because you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your wrist or hand, we will not take anything for granted. We’ll conduct the necessary tests. We’ll thoroughly examine you. We’ll leave no stone unturned in pursuit of properly diagnosing you.

Give your hand or wrist injury the attention it deserves. Make an appointment.

Get the relief you deserve for your wrist or hand injury. Schedule an appointment with IMC Bone Doc today. You can contact us online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362) to make an appointment. Our medical practice is in-network. As a result, the services provided by our experienced, New York orthopedic hand surgeons are covered by most major insurance providers. Simply talk to a staff member at one of our offices for more information if you have any questions.

What are common hand and wrist injuries?

Hand and wrist injuries cover a wide range, but in general, most injuries either involve chronic pain caused by degenerative diseases (including arthritis) or a sudden, traumatic injury (such as a fall or a car accident) which results in a bone fracture in the wrist, fingers or another part of the hand. We also realize there’s nothing common or ordinary about any hand or wrist injury. Each one is different and deserves to be taken seriously right from the start.

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What are common causes of hand and wrist injuries?

Causes of hand and wrist injuries vary widely, but in general, these injuries are often due to long-term wear and tear, congenital conditions (injuries children are born with) or a sudden accident, which results in a broken bone or bone fracture.

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What should I do if I think I have a hand or wrist injury?

Seek immediate medical treatment. If something feels wrong and you’re in severe pain and discomfort, it’s important that you identify what’s wrong as soon as possible. Otherwise, your injury or medical condition could get worse. And if left untreated, your health could potentially be at risk, depending on the severity of your hand or wrist injury.

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What are common symptoms of a hand or wrist injury?

Severe, chronic pain is a common symptom that something’s wrong with your hand or wrist. You know your body best. If something feels wrong, seek immediate medical treatment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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What does a torn ligament in my hand feel like?

If you feel pain on the thumb side of your wrist – or you notice any swelling there – that may be a telltale sign of a torn ligament in your hand. Make sure you take such symptoms seriously. Have your hand examined by an experienced New York orthopedic hand surgeon.

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What does a broken bone in my hand feel like?

If a bone is broken in your finger or hand, you will likely notice significant swelling in that part of the body. You’ll also likely be in great pain and the injured area will be very sensitive if touched. Other times, that part of the hand feels numb. In short, if something feels odd, have a doctor examine your hand as soon as possible.

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Should I go to a doctor for my hand injury?

Yes. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Have a medical professional examine your hand and determine exactly what’s wrong. Experienced orthopedic hand surgeons know what different symptoms mean and know how to accurately diagnose what’s wrong. That’s why we want to meet with you as soon as possible. Our doctors understand the seriousness of your injury and we truly want to help.

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How long does a hand or wrist injury normally take to heal?

Some mild sprains only take a few days to heal but other more serious hand or wrist injuries could take weeks or even longer to fully heal. When we examine your injured wrist or hand, we will be up front with you. We will tell you exactly how long we think your injury will take to heal. As your doctor, we will explain exactly what we plan to do to help heal your injury.

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How long does a hand or wrist injury normally take to heal after surgery?

Again, recovery times after surgery can vary widely from a few weeks to a few months. It all depends on what type of surgery you underwent and many other factors, including the condition of your hand or wrist before your surgical procedure. What we can tell you is we will do everything we can to make sure your hand or wrist heals as quickly as possible after your surgical procedure.

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How can an orthopedic hand surgeon help me with my hand injury?

You have probably lived with severe pain or discomfort in your hand or wrist for a long time. Or perhaps you recently injured your hand in a serious accident. In either case, our experienced orthopedic hand surgeons will make sure your injury receives the attention it deserves.

As your doctor, we will take the time to diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your wrist or hand. We will then explain all the treatment options available to you. That way, you can decide what you want us to do to help heal your hand or wrist injury.

We have the experience you need to do the job right. But more importantly, our surgeons have the passion you deserve and will go the extra mile for you. That’s what sets IMC Bone Doc apart – our commitment to helping people in pain, just like you.

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