In a 2012 study by the American Society of Safety Engineers, surveyed workers reported that their upper extremities were areas of their bodies most likely to be injured in the workplace.
In fact, 30% of workers reported sustaining ten or more hand injuries over the span of just one year (ASSE). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that hand and upper extremity injuries are the most commonly occurring injuries in the workplace (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
We use our hands for everything — to perform tasks at work and at home, to write and communicate, to live our lives. The prevalence of workplace hand injuries shows that the hands and upper extremities are extremely vulnerable to getting hurt. The frequency and severity of hand injuries, along with their necessity in everyday life, motivates MidAmerica to provide excellent care in their Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic.
MidAmerica believes that patient education is vital to providing the highest quality of care for hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries.
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Doctors use many tools, most commonly imaging tests, to diagnose hand and upper extremity conditions. At MidAmerica, doctors use:
Non-surgical treatment options for hand and upper extremity conditions start with self-care, such as icing, heat, stretching, and rest. Medication to ease pain is prescribed for many conditions of the hand and upper extremities.
Anti-inflammatory medications are also prescribed, such as steroids and NSAIDS. Therapy is often recommended as well. MidAmerica’s physical therapy and occupational therapy facilities both provide excellent care to patients with hand and upper extremity conditions.
Surgery is recommended for severe conditions. Surgical options range from injections of steroids, botox, and cortisone, to joint fusion, joint repair, tendon repair and tendon replacement. In extreme cases, total joint replacement of the shoulder, elbow, or wrist will be necessary.
When it comes to recovering from hand surgery, some cases can take as little as twelve weeks to regain full strength, and up to six months to regain full range of motion. On the other end of the spectrum, recovery from joint fusion can take six months to a year, with symptoms gradually lessening over that time. In the case of carpal tunnel surgery, recovery can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on how long the median nerve was compressed before surgery. Rotator cuff surgery often takes several months, and the period of time after surgery can be painful for the patient.
To learn more about MidAmerica and to schedule appointments with our Hand and Upper Extremities Specialists, call (708)-237-7200.