The most common injury for athletes is a finger fracture. Oftentimes these injuries to the hand or wrist can lead to forearm and elbow pain as well, due 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 they are affected by an orthopedic condition or injury, performing even the simplest of actions can become very difficult. Our Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic hand surgeons, Dr. Chambers, Dr. Jernigan, Dr. Schreiber, Dr. Tuttle, and Dr. Wein, are trained to care for such issues both with and without hand surgery. The Raleigh Orthopaedic hand surgeons work closely with our on-site Certified Hand Therapists to treat a wide variety of conditions and injuries, utilizing conservative alternatives in order to ensure that our patients receive the most appropriate care for their unique situation.
Common Hand and Wrist Injuries Treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic
At Raleigh Orthopaedic, we are proud to provide comprehensive and compassionate hand and wrist care in Wake County, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of orthopedic injuries and conditions. Whether you are having trouble on the sports field or at home, we are here to determine the cause of your symptoms and help you find relief. Raleigh Orthopaedic’s hand surgeons commonly treat the following hand conditions:
Hand & Wrist Treatments in Wake County
Before developing a treatment plan, our experts will perform a full physical examination of your injury, along with any tests needed to reach an accurate diagnosis. Surgical or not, your treatment plan will be specifically catered to you, so you can get back to doing what you love.
Nonsurgical Treatment for your Hand & Wrist PainSee Full Details
Oftentimes, the best treatment path for our patients involves nonsurgical methods. 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. This form of treatment usually takes longer and involves restricting movement of the affected bone or joint, taking medication, and starting physical therapy to encourage your body to heal naturally. Injuries and conditions that often do not require surgery include:
- de Quervain’s Tendinitis
- Carpal tunnel
- Ganglion (Cyst) of the Wrist
Reasons for Hand & Wrist Surgery
Raleigh Orthopaedic hand and wrist surgeons may recommend surgery if any of the statements below apply to you. If surgery is recommended, your physician at Raleigh Orthopaedic will ensure that you have all the preparation information you need.
- 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
- You have advanced hand and wrist arthritis
- Your injury or condition limits your athletic performance
Surgical Treatments for Hand and Wrist Conditions and Injuries
Our hand and wrist surgeons in Wake County are experts in several approaches to repairing the hand or wrist. Learn more about some of the hand and wrist procedures we perform at our orthopedic clinics in Wake County below.
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 achieved 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 performed 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 can typically be resumed 2 to 6 weeks after surgery.
If arthritis becomes 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 minor to significant, 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, we encourage you to visit one of our clinic locations inCary, Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Wakefield, and West Cary-Panther Creek. You never have to go out of your way for great care! In addition to our clinics, we also have two surgical centers located in Raleigh and Panther Creek.
Additional Information for Your Hand & Wrist Appointment
Please come to your first appointment 30 minutes early with your photo ID, insurance card, and if applicable, 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.
If you are in need of urgent orthopedic care, please visit one of our four orthopedic Urgent Care clinics at Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh or Wakefield. For emergency medical care, please visit UNC Rex Hospital, where Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopedic trauma at all hours of the day.