Doctor Looi Kok Poh speaks about the importance of hand surgeons

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Hands are intricate and beautiful. Human hands consist of numerous bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood and skin. The function of each hand depends on the balance of each component. The correct layout of each structure contributes to the final structure and function of each hand. Any sudden injury, prolonged stress, or disease can affect either one or all of these structures.

Older men and women often suffer from restricted movement of their hands from arthritis or neuritis. As people grow old, they accumulate small injuries that can result in mobility challenges. Moreover, the youth who are always on their keyboards and mobile phones face a high risk of carpal tunnel syndrome that can cause shooting sharp pains. While none of these issues seem debilitating at first, they can quickly prohibit the full range of hand movements. People often need the help of an expert to take a look at their hands after sudden numbness, weakness, tingling, pain or heaviness.

Who is a hand surgeon?

The hand surgeons are medical professionals, who take specialized training after completing their courses in orthopedic surgery, general surgery or plastic surgery. In Singapore, hand surgeons receive four to six years of specialized residential training. several hand specialists have expertise in dealing with issues of the wrist, arm, shoulder or the elbow. Some of them treat only senior citizens, while others tend to patients with a history of trauma. Then, other hand specialists are experts on hand problems among children. In short, it is a field of medicine that has further categorizations.

What does he or she do?

Here are some of the most common issues any hand surgeon is capable of treating –

  1. Carpal tunnel syndrome
  2. Common wrist pain
  • Tennis elbow
  1. Sports-related injuries
  2. Trigger finger syndromes
  3. Fractures of the forearm, wrist, and hand

Does visiting a hand surgeon always end in surgery?

Some of the other syndromes and diseases they can treat include multiple forms of arthritis, congenital limb differences, and tendonitis. In the words of Doctor Looi Kok Poh, “not all of these problems demand surgery in the first stages. However, there are instances of acute pain, discomfort or loss of sensation due to carpal tunnel or tennis elbow that can demand hand surgery.”Moreover, some forms of compound fractures require surgical care. Otherwise, initial stages of arthritis, tendonitis, trigger finger, and neuritis are controllable with therapy and medication. The availability of regular medicine, injections, splints, and a variety of therapy is sometimes enough to address most hand-related concerns among patients.

When should you visit a hand surgeon?

When the problem is acute or congenital, you might want to consider the best hand surgery options you have. The severity of the situation and the priorities will determine if you need orthopedic hand surgeons or plastic hand surgeons. Usually, after an accident, you will need the attention of both to minimize the damage and reduce the visible scarring. Hand surgeons are the experts you need to visit if you are suffering from recurrent pain or if your old injuries are bothering you once again.


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