Our hand, wrist, and elbow doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for hand injuries and conditions.
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Hand doctors use their particular 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 relatively 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, they may recommend hand surgery as a treatment option.
Being aware of certain symptoms is vital 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 lets them 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:
Hand doctors are specialists in treating the following conditions:
Wrist doctors often treat people after they have been injured during a fall. That’s because it is a normal reaction for a person to reach out their hand to catch their fall. When this happens, it may cause the wrist to hyperextend, which means that the ligaments and tendons stretch and rip, or it may cause the wrist to fracture or break.
Another common issue wrist doctors treat is called carpal tunnel syndrome. When a patient comes to a wrist doctor with symptoms of numbness or tingling in the wrist, forearm, and fingers, the wrist doctor knows there is a good chance that the problem is carpal tunnel syndrome.
Arthritis is yet another condition wrist doctors frequently treat, which is typically seen in older patients.
Wrist doctors must have a special understanding of the wrist and how it functions in order to offer the best treatments for a patient. Because the wrist is made up of eight tiny bones and multiple other tissues, patients with wrist pain should find a doctor who has experience specifically in the wrist.
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a wrist issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further wrist damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best wrist care.
If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your wrist or the surrounding tissues:
Wrist doctors have the training and expertise to treat the following conditions:
Elbow doctors often work with senior patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and can offer them solutions that can reduce their pain and help improve their quality of life. Another patient group elbow doctors work with frequently are athletes, both those who are serious about their sport and those who participate just for exercise and recreation.
The names of these common elbow conditions often reflect the sport that a person participates in, such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. However, a person does not need to play these sports in order to develop these conditions, and anyone who overuses their elbow joint or misuses it is at risk for these injuries, as well as similar repetitive stress injuries.
When a patient comes to them for help, an elbow doctor must assess the entire elbow, including the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, before offering a diagnosis and treatment option. While elbow injuries are fairly common, only elbow doctors have specialized dedication and expertise regarding the elbow.
Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if an elbow problem can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further elbow damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best elbow care.
If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your elbow joint or the surrounding tissues:
Elbow doctors can treat the following conditions:
Our doctors provide the following hand, wrist, and elbow treatments:
Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your hand, wrist, or elbow 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, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions.
Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. However, if surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience performing surgical procedures, such as Tommy John surgery and surgical repair for fractures. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.
Taking a team approach, our orthopedic 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.
Our elbow specialists also understand that some injuries occur when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Medically reviewed by Edward L. Westerheide, M.D.