Hand

Hand Specialist
Whatever your craft, joint and tendon pain in your hands and fingers can get in the way of even the smallest tasks. Dr. Robert J. Lee is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in all hand and finger surgeries. At Robert Lee Orthopedics in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho, Dr. Lee recognizes the important role your hands play in almost every facet of your life. He will discuss all of the treatment options with you and make sure you’re comfortable with your plan of action. Book online or call to make an appointment today.

Hand Q & A

by Robert J. Lee, MD

What are the symptoms of arthritis of the hands and fingers?

You may want to visit Dr. Lee to diagnose or rule out arthritis of the hands if you have the following symptoms:

Pain in the hands

Often described as a dull, aching, or burning sensation, arthritis of the hands is painful and usually appears after periods of increased joint use, especially heavy gripping motions.

Swelling

When an affected joint is subjected to an overload of stress from arthritis, it can swell to protect itself and prevent further joint use.

Warm temperature

Arthritic joints are often warm to the touch, due to your body’s inflammatory response.

Cysts

Small cysts may appear on the end joints of fingers affected by arthritis.


When is hand surgery recommended?

Dr. Lee may recommend a surgical hand procedure if you have arthritis or have experienced some type of trauma to your hands or fingers.

Cartilage -- nature’s shock absorber -- provides a gliding surface for the joint. If the cartilage is worn, damaged, or lost, the movement of the joint will be impacted; it won’t glide smoothly and will cause bone-on-bone friction, pain, and damage to the bones instead.

To compensate for the lost cartilage, your body produces fluid as a cushion in the joint lining. Unfortunately, this causes the joint to swell, introducing more pain and even more restricted motion. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What can I expect after hand or finger surgery?

Your recovery depends on the type of surgical procedure performed as well as the cause of your injury. In some instances, repeat surgeries are necessary.

Your hand will likely be bandaged up or in a splint, and for a certain length of time, you’ll have to keep your hand immobile to let it heal. You may need physical therapy after your bandage or splint is removed to help enhance your dexterity, mobility, and healing. After surgery, self-care is vital to the healing process. Carefully read the self-care instructions Dr. Lee gives you.

If you’ve experienced a hand injury or are suffering from severe arthritis, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Lee today.

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