Hand doctors, wrist doctors, and elbow doctors are orthopaedic specialists who diagnose and treat patients who are experiencing a wide range of issues that are causing them hand pain, wrist pain, or elbow pain. These specialists have the expertise to diagnose injuries, such as fractures and sprains, as well as other problems that impact the joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves.
To treat these types of injuries and conditions, these specialists draw on their advanced orthopaedic expertise to offer the best option.
Elbow Doctors: Doctors who specialize in the elbow often see patients with conditions caused by the misuse of a tendon. Additionally, some elbow doctors treat elbow issues that are considered sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and golfer's elbow. Both sports medicine doctors and elbow specialists expertly treat patients with these types of elbow conditions, whether the treatment plan involves elbow surgery or a nonsurgical option.
Hand Doctors: Because the bones of the hand are smaller and more delicate than other bones in the body, a specialty-trained hand surgeon may be the only one qualified to perform a required hand surgery. There are many types of surgeries these hand specialists know how to perform, from hand microsurgery and nerve reconstruction to surgical fracture care and Dupuytren's contracture surgery. Hand doctors also offer many helpful nonsurgical treatments, such as XIAFLEX® injections.
Wrist Doctors: Specialty-trained wrist doctors have a deep knowledge of the anatomy of the wrist and know how to provide treatment when it is injured. One type of wrist problem these doctors frequently see is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a nerve compression condition that causes wrist pain and elbow pain when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed. This is just one of the many wrist injuries and conditions these specialists see. They also specialize in performing many types of wrist surgeries, including wrist fracture repair, wrist tendon surgery, and wrist microsurgery.
Know When It’s Time to Get Help
If you are noticing any of these symptoms—especially if you have been experiencing them for more than a few days—schedule an appointment with a wrist specialist, elbow surgeon, or hand doctor who has the expertise to properly diagnose you.
- A pins-and-needles sensation in your forearm muscles
- Deformity, such as a misshapen finger or wrist
- Elbow pain in addition to wrist pain
- Finger stiffness
- Fingers are curling in toward the palm
- Lingering pain after an elbow injury
- Numbness and/or tingling
- Pain that radiates down the arm to the wrist or hand
- Popping and/or clicking when trying to straighten your hand, wrist, or elbow
- Rotating your wrist causes pain in the wrist joint
- Thick bands of tissue are developing under your palm
- Upper extremity pain that’s having an impact on the wrist
A doctor may diagnose you with one of these hand, wrist, or elbow conditions or injuries:
- A form of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Broken wrist
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain syndrome
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Fracture, such as a hand fracture or elbow fracture
- Ganglion cyst
- Hand sprain
- Median nerve entrapment syndrome
- Sports-related injury
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Trigger finger
- Wrist tendonitis
What Can You Expect at Our Hand, Wrist & Elbow Center?
Our Hand, Wrist & Elbow Center is designed to provide our hand, wrist, and elbow patients with comprehensive education and exceptional care through the vast experience, training, and knowledge of our hand, wrist, and elbow doctors.
Having dedicated their practices to providing specialized care for hand, elbow, and wrist issues, our doctors are committed to offering the latest and most advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including microsurgery, fracture care, tendon reconstruction, and XIAFLEX injections. They understand that while orthopaedic surgery is sometimes the best treatment option for one patient, it is not always the right treatment option for every patient as there may be another nonoperative solution that is more beneficial for that patient.
Sometimes, our doctors are able to prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication that improves your condition and allows you to return to your daily activities, or they might recommend physical therapy, which can bring about gradual improvements that can help with pain management and increase your mobility. Our specialists will work with you to understand your individual needs and recommend the best treatment option for you.
If our specialists believe that surgery is the best treatment option for you, they will educate you on the surgical process as well as what to expect during recovery, whether it is carpal tunnel surgery or another surgery.
Professional Orthopaedic Associates: Get Back to a Life Without Limits
Since 1985, we have been offering excellence in orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Our fellowship-trained doctors specializing in the hand, wrist, or elbow, Dr. Harry Bade, Dr. Christopher Johnson, Dr. David Gentile, and Dr. Allen Nicholson, have years of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex hand, elbow, and wrist injuries and conditions. They draw from this combined knowledge base to bring the very best to our patients.
Additionally, they value and are committed to ongoing professional education. Our wrist, elbow, and hand surgeons attend courses and proactively learn the latest procedures and surgical techniques for wrist conditions, elbow injuries, and hand issues. They also serve as thought leaders, lecturing and writing about orthopaedic treatment and care. Our specialty-trained wrist surgeons, hand doctors, and elbow specialists are some of the most highly respected in our region.