Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a compression of a nerve in the wrist. Symptoms such as tingling in the hand, weakness of grip, clumsiness in handling small objects the pain may occur.
Trigger Finger is an irritation of the tunnel that surrounds the tendons. When the tendon becomes swollen it prevents smooth gliding. In some cases the tendon “triggers”. If conservative treatment fails to correct the problem, surgery is sometimes necessary.
Ganglion Cysts are fluid-filled cysts which arise from the ligaments, joint linings, or tendon linings when they are irritated or inflamed.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is an irritation and swelling of the tunnel which surrounds tendons as they pass from the wrist to the thumb. Pain when grasping or pinching are the most common symptoms. Sometimes a lump or thickening can be felt on the thumb-side of the wrist.
Arthritis of the Base of the Thumb is very common. Early disease can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections into the joint, or splinting. More severe cases can be treated surgically to relieve pain and improve function.
Arthritis of the Fingers can result in lumps frequently over finger joints. As the joints deteriorate, small bone spurs form over the joints and may become tender. For severe cases, surgery can improve function and reduce pain.
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a thickening of the tissue on the palm just beneath the skin. Nodules and thickened cords may form. If the disease progresses and pulls the fingers in toward the hand, surgery is recommended. If this condition is not treated, permanent impairment may result.
Congenital hand deformities such as extra fingers or webbed fingers often require surgery
As many of Dr. Branfman’s clients come from out of town, please be aware that we are a two hour drive from major airports in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Additionally, Victoria Regional Airport has shuttle flights to both Houston and Austin. Our office staff will happily assist out of town patients and family members in locating lodging at one of our many hotels or quaint Victoria area Bed and Breakfasts.