A hand injury can be debilitating, given how much our lives are affected when we lose function in the upper extremity, including the hand, wrist, and elbow. Thankfully, physicians trained in hand care can diagnose your problem and provide you with proven treatments, which may include surgery or nonsurgical methods in a comprehensive treatment plan.
If you are afflicted with pain or limited mobility in your hand and upper extremity, it’s important to see a hand doctor. Our hand specialists have extensive expertise in the bones, joints, muscles, and tendons of the hand and offer the latest in hand surgery and noninvasive hand care. Our goal is always to get our patients back to their day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
The first step is diagnosing your hand, wrist, or forearm problem. This includes a standard physical examination and potentially the use of imaging, like X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Through proper diagnostics, our orthopedic care specialists will determine what’s causing your hand pain.
Our hand doctors treat a wide range of hand issues, including:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Fibrocartilage tears
- Finger joint stiffness
- Fractures, including wrist fractures
- Ganglion cysts
- Mallet finger
- Nerve compression and other nerve injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Tendon damage
- Trigger finger
No matter your diagnosis, whether it’s a simple break or something chronic, like carpal tunnel, our physicians will be ready to provide you with the best treatment options.
Whenever possible, we offer our patients nonsurgical treatment options. Some of the most common nonsurgical methods for addressing pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, and forearm include medicine, hand therapy, and splints.
For more severe hand issues, it may be necessary to speak with a hand surgeon about different interventions. Hand surgery can deliver lasting relief from your hand pain. Our surgeons can talk with you further about different surgical procedures, such as carpal tunnel release, finger joint replacement or fusion surgery, microsurgery, and reconstructive surgeries.
When You Should Seek Treatment From a Hand Doctor
A little discomfort or soreness in your hand or upper extremity is nothing to worry about, but we recommend you seek care if:
- Your hand pain or numbness lasts more than a couple of days.
- You’ve attempted home remedies, but the condition worsens.
- Your hand condition prevents you from carrying out your normal duties at home or at work.
- Your hand condition began after a trauma; for instance, a car crash or a sports accident.
Our hand specialists are specialty-trained in orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained in hand surgery to provide the care you need.