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TREATMENT OPTIONS


The branch of medicine dealing with the musculoskeletal system concerns bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and skin. The same few basic treatments will keep appearing for all musculoskeletal conditions since these treatments are the most effective and appropriately matched to these problems.

Oral Medications

The most commonly prescribed medicine is an anti-inflammatory medicine like Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naproxen or new generation similar drugs like Celebrex. These medications are primarily pain relievers and can be very effective for problems that are not serious. Patients after surgery will receive strong pain relievers that are usually narcotics. These will not be continued for too long since they can become addictive. Patients with painful nerve conditions may need special drugs that calm down nerve irritation but that can be fairly sedating. As always with any medication, check with your primary care doctor to be sure that there is no interference with any other medication you may be taking or any other medical condition you may have. The pharmacist should also always check for these types of interactions before allowing you to have the medicine.

Therapy

The most basic function provided to a patient by the therapists is education and advice on how to use the body for daily activities or correct ergonomic behaviors. Many medical conditions can be brought on by bad habits or bad posture. Other therapist functions are to help stretch tight areas, work to increase motion in joints, build strength and dexterity, and train body parts to work correctly again after damage or surgical reconstruction. Special treatments exist for nerve sensitivity conditions. Specific protocols match the various surgical procedures performed by Dr. Henry. Therapists are also experts at manufacturing custom splints to protect the hand and wrist against deformity or stiffness.

Splints and Casts

After fractures or ligament injuries patients may be placed in splints or casts to prevent further damage while healing occurs. Following surgery, splints prevent damage to the delicate surgical work performed until it is time to have stress placed on the area. Too much immobilization can lead to stiffness, and it is important to follow all instructions regarding how to use the splint or cast and how often it should be worn.

Injections

Cortisone solutions can be very effective in reducing swelling and inflammation when injected into joints and around tendons. There will be pain from the injection for a few days. The effect of the cortisone will kick in after around a week if it is going to be effective. The benefits of the injection often last well beyond the time that the medicine actually stays in the body. Injections tend to be fairly effective for mild conditions but less effective as a long-term solution for more advanced conditions.

Surgery

If a good non-surgical solution can be used to address the problem, that option will always be considered first instead of surgery. Some conditions such as certain fractures, lacerated tendons, or other advanced conditions do not have any good non-surgical solution, and the best answer to the problem is actually surgery. In other cases, the non-surgical solutions will have already been used as much as possible but the condition still remains, making surgery a reasonable choice at that point in time. Surgery is done over at one of the hospitals at a time that has to be scheduled and approved in advance. Most of Dr. Henry's surgeries are outpatient, checking in and out on the same day. A few are extensive enough to benefit the patient by staying overnight until the next morning. Only complicated limb reconstructions or infection treatments need to stay in the hospital longer. Patients with medical problems should be evaluated by their primary care physicians ahead of time to be sure that all internal medical issues have been addressed before having anesthesia. Surgery usually requires post-operative therapy for the best recovery. A written set of surgery instructions are given for both before and after surgery to help patients follow the many rules that lead to the best outcomes. The single most important aspect of surgery is preventing a post-operative wound infection.
 
 
 
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  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • some of the most friendly staff and the doctor always explained the information in a manner in which I could understand which always made it very helpful. will definitely recommend this location to family and friends. - 05/31/17
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • Had a wonderful experience overall. Breaking my arm was tough but the staff here was always very, kind and helpful. Especially Dr. Henry, Mary, Karen, Luis, Joel, Teresa and David. I'll miss them all but hopeful won't have to see them any time soon :)Thank you! - 05/04/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
  • dr henry does an excellent job of explaining the problem and solution, seems extremely competent - 02/07/18
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • love the circus de sole dvd. everything was amazing. rehab was the best too. - 02/23/18
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • Great staff. - 05/02/17
  • With the severity of my injury I am amazed at how functional my wrist is with the amazing team work shown at the office. From the very start the service and care have been outstanding!! I can't thank everyone enough! - 02/23/18
  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • :) - 06/01/17
  • thank you - 10/16/17
  • very impressed with the whole experience. - 02/28/17
  • thank you, you all were very helpful - 03/03/17
  • every body was excelent - 01/09/18
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are amazing! I was able to get an urgent new patient appointment immediately with surgery that same afternoon. Dr. Henry does an excellent and thorough job explaining my injury and the healing process. Very impressed with his plan of early mobility and physical therapy, which helped restore my function back to normal within 8 weeks of surgery. I would 100% recommend Dr. Henry and his staff! Very pleased and grateful for his help. - 03/23/18
  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17
  • Thank you! - 03/08/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
  • Outstanding service and results - 10/30/17
  • an experience beyond expectation - 10/06/17
  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • Great staff, Great Doctor, Great surgery, recovery, and follow up. Thank you for the time and attention with helping me through the entire process. I felt very comfortable and safe with the entire process. - 02/10/17
  • :) - 05/11/17
  • every thing was really great - 10/19/17
  • Thank you for repairing my injury and being kind in the process. - 01/10/18
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
  • The staff is nice and everyone is up on the treatment. I feel confident that I am getting the best care and am glad I came here. - 10/30/17
  • no complaints hand is coming along very well - 11/06/17
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • Really appreciate the education and insight related to my wrist and future athletic training - 05/31/17
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • I couldn't be more pleased with the level of service I received while in Dr. Henry's care. The level of detail in which my injury was explained and resolved, and the level of competency that was displayed throughout the healing was truly outstanding. - 01/30/18
  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • the whole group was very good, I had an excellent experience. - 11/09/17
  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • The staff and the Dr. are very helpful and understanding .I have not yet seen a better staff like this office . I will recommend any one here . - 11/06/17
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • Dr. Henry was able to salvage my hand to make it usable again. I have already sent my Father here and he no longer has any pain in his wrist. - 11/13/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • Great work. - 02/03/17
  • Very nice staff and surgeon. Thumb looks good now after surgery, hopefully thumb continues to heal and stays healed. Thank you - 01/30/18
  • very confortable,Dr. Henrry very professional and very friendly staff - 12/05/17
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • The doctor and staff are the best I have ever had. Very professionalism at its best. - 11/15/17
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • Great Doctor and staff. Luis is a wonderful asset to the staff - 12/18/17
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
  • outstanding knowledge and gets you into the hospital if needed the same. - 02/09/18










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