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Treating Hand & Wrist Pain in the Raleigh Area

Hand & Wrist Injuries - Did You Know?

The most common injury for athletes is finger fractures. Oftentimes these injuries to the hand or wrist can lead to forearm and elbow pain as well do to the number of connections from the arm to the hand.

Expert Hand and Wrist Specialists in Wake County

Our hands serve many purposes, and when there is a problem it is very difficult to function. The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic hand surgeons, Dr. Harrison Tuttle, Dr. Scott Wein, Dr. Joseph Schreiber, and Dr. Edward Jernigan are trained to care for these issues with and without surgery. The Raleigh Orthopaedic hand surgeons work closely with our on-site Certified Hand Therapists to treat a wide variety of conditions utilizing conservative alternatives in order to ensure our patients receive the most appropriate care for their hand condition.

Hand & Wrist Specialists at Raleigh Ortho

Raleigh Othopaedic’s team of experts is proud to serve the Triangle Community with the best possible orthopedic medical care. Schedule an appointment with one of our wrist and hand physicians today and find out why we are the number one choice for many Triangle Community residents.

Hand & Wrist Treatments in Wake County

Before developing a treatment plan, our experts will do a full physical examination of your injury along with any necessary tests to ensure that you get the best treatment possible. Surgical or not, your plan will be specifically catered to you, so you can get back to doing what you love.

Nonsurgical Treatment for Your Hand & Wrist Pain

Oftentimes the best treatment for our patients is nonsurgical. This form of treatment usually takes longer and involves restricting movement of the bone or joint, medication, and physical therapy to help get your body to heal naturally. Injuries and conditions that often do not require surgery include:

  • Tendonitis
  • DeQuervain’s Tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Ganglion (Cyst) of the wrist
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Fractures/Dislocations

For injuries that do not require surgery, your physician will ensure that you are fully educated on your individual plan. You will also come in for regular checkups to ensure that your treatment is going smoothly.

Reasons for Hand & Wrist Surgery

Raleigh Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist surgeons may recommend surgery if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Your hand and wrist pain continues despite nonsurgical treatments
  • You have severe carpal tunnel syndrome
  • You have lost normal function of your hand
  • You can no longer perform daily activities
  • If you have advanced hand and wrist arthritis
  • If your injury or condition limits your athletic performance

Our hand and wrist surgeons are experts in several approaches to repairing your hand or wrist, including:

Although carpal tunnel syndrome does not typically require surgery, in severe cases, it can lead to persistent numbness and irreversible damage to the muscles of the thumb. The goal of the procedure is to release pressure on the median nerve. This is done by making a small incision in the ligament that covers the nerve in order to give it more room. This is typically an outpatient procedure and can be done under general or local anesthesia.  

When ganglion cysts do not dissipate on their own, surgery may be required to remove them. This is typically done as an outpatient procedure and involves making a small incision and removing the cyst from the base to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence. Normal activities will typically resume 2 to 6 weeks after surgery.

When arthritis gets severe enough, your doctor may recommend surgery to reduce or eliminate bone-to-bone contact of the joint. Surgical treatment for arthritis can range from mild to intense, so a conversation with your physician will be necessary to determine the proper course of action.

Hand and Wrist Clinics in Wake County

The Triangle community can count on Raleigh Orthopaedic’s clinics for expert medical care covering a variety of orthopedic conditions. If you are seeking orthopedic hand and wrist treatment, our six locations, listed below, are located throughout North Carolina so you never have to go out of your way for great treatment. In addition to our clinics we also have two surgical locations located in Raleigh and Panther Creek.

Additional Information for your Hand & Wrist Appointment

  • Aetna / Coventry
  • Alignment HC
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/ Tricare East
  • MedCost
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Prime Health
  • United Healthcare

 

Please come to your first appointment 30 minutes early with your photo ID, insurance card, and if applicable, any images or scans related to your visit. If your insurance plan has a copay, that will be collected at the time of check-in. At your first appointment with Raleigh Orthopaedic, you will be expected to complete new patient forms, including a medical history questionnaire. You can update your demographics and fill out your new patient forms prior to your appointment through our Patient Portal. These forms will be used to get a baseline overview of pre-existing conditions and a better initial understanding of where and how you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. Conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, anemia, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes may all impact both diagnosis and treatment plan options.

If you are in need of emergency medical care for your hand or wrist, please go to UNC Rex Hospital. Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopedic trauma at all hours of the day.

Explore other Services Available at Raleigh Orthopaedic

Looking to treat symptoms outside of your hand and wrist pain? Raleigh Orthopaedic is proud to offer the following treatment options for members in the Triangle Community.

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