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Our hand doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are the region's experts in providing evaluation and treatment for hand injuries and conditions.

Hand doctors use their special expertise to help people with hand pain whether that pain is due to an accident or if it has developed for another reason. Arthritis of the hands is one condition that hand doctors frequently treat, and though it tends to happen more often in older patients, anyone can have it. Other people can develop issues that are similar to hand arthritis known as repetitive stress or wear-and-tear injuries. Of these conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most well known, and hand doctors often treat office workers and others who use a computer and frequently type in their job for this condition.

There are many bones, tendons, ligaments, and tissues in the hand, and hand doctors need to have specialized knowledge and skills to treat hand conditions properly and fully understand the hand's complex anatomy. Some issues can be painful but fairly straightforward to treat, such as a broken finger. Other hand problems can be more challenging, such as when someone is dealing with nerve damage. Regardless of the issue, a hand doctor will carefully assess it and determine if there is a conservative treatment that can help. If not, he or she may recommend hand surgery as a treatment option. 

When It's Time to See a Hand Doctor

Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a hand issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further hand damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best hand and wrist care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your hand or the surrounding tissues:

  • A lump you can see or feel
  • Aching in the hand
  • End of the finger bends inwards
  • Finger cramps
  • Grasping an item causes pain
  • Grinding, snapping, or popping sensations when using the hands or fingers
  • Palm of the hand aches
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Unable to open the hand or stretch the fingers

These symptoms often correspond to a more serious hand condition, such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Finger dislocation
  • Finger fractures (phalange fractures)
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hand fracture (metacarpal fracture)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis)

Our orthopedic doctors understand that hand and wrist pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our hand doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online

Our hand specialists also understand that some injuries require prompt evaluation, which is why we are proud to offer same-day appointments. To schedule a same-day appointment, please call our office before 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine

Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your hand pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of hand and wrist injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. However, if hand surgery is the best option, our orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical hand and wrist procedures, such as carpal tunnel release surgery, De Quervain's release surgery, or trigger finger release surgery. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.

Taking a team approach, our hand surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

To schedule an appointment with one of our hand surgeons, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.