When you experience pain in your arms, but you haven’t suffered an injury, or if your fingers frequently feel cold, you may have a vascular problem in the form of poor circulation. It’s time to contact the team at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow in Atlanta, Athens, and Marietta, Georgia. Their integrated team of orthopaedic surgeons and certified hand therapists will treat the cause of your poor circulation and promote healing with the goal of a return to full movement to your hands and arms. Contact Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow and begin your recovery today.
Decreased blood flow to the hands may cause pain, cold fingers or discoloration. Persistent symptoms could indicate a more serious underlying problem related to disease or injury.
Our fellowship-trained surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular issues in the upper extremities, including poor circulation, constricted blood vessels and trauma-related vascular injuries. We offer innovative therapies and advanced technologies to care for even the most challenging cases.
Patients are full partners in every treatment decision. Our integrated team of surgeons, clinicians, and certified hand therapists works with you to create an individualized care plan that promotes healing and recovery.
Treatment of vascular issues depends on the underlying cause. Many circulatory conditions respond well to non-operative measures such as medication, activity modification, and physical therapy. If surgery is necessary, most procedures are performed at our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center on Peachtree Road. Minimally invasive techniques are used whenever possible.
The term poor circulation is used to describe any situation in which the amount of blood flow to the arm or hand is decreased. There are many potential causes of this problem. It may be related to injury or certain diseases.
Some of the more common diseases associated with decreased circulation are diabetes, kidney disease, and atherosclerosis (sometimes called "hardening of the arteries").
Decreases circulation to the hand or fingers may cause pain, a change in temperature of the fingers, or discoloration. Subtle changes in skin temperature or coloration are common and occur throughout a normal day. However, when associated with decreased blood flow related to disease or injury, the changes are more severe and constant.
In addition to listening to the history of your symptoms, your doctor will examine your hand and arm. Much information can be obtained from the appearance of the hand and fingers and by palpating (feeling) the blood vessels at different places in the hand and arm. There are also simple ways to listen to blood vessels and evaluate how much blood is flowing through them.
Sometimes other tests are needed. Your doctor will discuss with you the details of any other necessary tests.
Treatment is directed towards decreasing symptoms and improving circulation. There are many factors involved in deciding which treatment is best.
Sometimes medications are very effective and no other treatment is needed. In other cases, surgery is required to provide the best improvement in circulation. Your doctor will review with you the options for treatment and which is best for you.