Blog - Hand, Wrist & Elbow

Recognizing the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (or CTS) is one of the most common types of nerve-related injuries among both men and women, with as many as 10 million people in the U.S. suffering symptoms like pain, numbness, and weakness. While the symptoms may be uncomfortable, the good news is, CTS is very treatable. The key to finding… read more


Taking Aim at Trigger Finger Pain: Know Your Treatment Options

“Trigger finger” may sound like an odd name for medical problem, but it’s actually pretty accurate: In its advanced stages, trigger finger causes your finger to stay in a bent position, similar to the position your finger would be in when pulling the trigger on a firearm. It’s medical name is a bit more difficult… read more


How to handle an athlete’s injured finger

A young athlete–we’ll call him Jason–came into our office in November with a significant finger injury. Jason had visited an immediate care clinic where the physician indicated he had injured his finger joint. The finger was splinted and the physician advised him to “follow up with an orthopedic doctor in 2-3 weeks.” Jason’s mom was… read more


3D-printed casts look great, but do they provide any substantial benefits to patients?

Have you ever wondered why the cast hasn’t changed in (what seems like) forever? Sure, it’s great to have bright colors, but that’s not really a fundamental change; it’s certainly not a change or improvement in the technology. But recently, with the advent of 3D-printing technology, designers are beginning to think about printing patients’ hearts… read more


The five things you need to know about trigger finger

Healthy fingers are happy fingers, so take a few moments to learn a little more about trigger finger. 1. It is caused by a swollen tendon in your hand. A tendon connects muscle to bone.  It’s a cable-like structure that pulls/bends a bone when the muscle contracts and pulls on the tendon.  So they’re all… read more


4 surgical options for Dupuytren’s contracture Note: I have a favorite option

Surgery shouldn’t be a mysterious adventure where you pick an option, desperately hoping that you’ll like it only to find out that there was a better option available. It’s the classic box of chocolates conundrum. If you don’t have a guide, you’re blindly choosing something that you hope has peanut butter inside rather than cherry… read more