Hand & Wrist
Most people use their hands and wrists in many different ways throughout the day. This activity puts these joints at risk of orthopedic injuries. Hand and wrist injuries, like tendonitis (tendinitis), can develop over many years due to repetitive motion. Injuries can also happen suddenly, like with wrist sprains and fractures.
Our hand doctors and wrist doctors at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Steven Barrington, Dr. Michael Davis, Dr. Charles Hartzog, Dr. Hussein Turki, and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, offer the unique expertise you need to heal from any hand or wrist injury or condition.
What Is a Hand & Wrist Specialist?
Hand doctors are specialty-trained orthopedic surgeons who are trained in hand injuries and conditions as well as hand surgery. Hand specialists focus on conditions that specifically affect the hands and fingers and can prescribe both surgical and nonsurgical solutions. Common conditions include fractures, sprains, trigger finger, ligament injuries, and tendon damage.
Wrist doctors are orthopedic care specialists who have undergone additional training in the full range of wrist injuries and conditions, performing wrist surgery when needed. One surgical procedure a wrist doctor may perform is called carpal tunnel release. This orthopedic surgery is used to provide wrist pain relief by relieving pressure on the median nerve along the carpal tunnel.
Hand doctors and wrist specialists offer treatment options like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or steroid injections. Sometimes, treatment plans require hand surgery or wrist surgery. This may include a type of minimally invasive orthopedic surgery called arthroscopy to treat wrist and hand issues.
If you have a hand injury or wrist problem, review the checklist below for common symptoms involving hand and wrist pain and limitation. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a hand surgeon, wrist surgeon, or doctor trained in orthopedics and the treatment of the hand and wrist.
- Fingers curving inwards
- Wrist pain or hand pain running alongside the thumb
- Pins-and-needles sensations or numbness in the wrist and forearm
- Popping or clicking in the finger joints
- Swelling or stiffness in the fingers or wrist joint
- Tough bands of tissue forming under your palm
- Inability to grasp or pinch objects
Common Hand & Wrist Conditions
Many wrist- and hand-related problems are the result of trauma, hyperextension, or overuse. Some of these injuries simply need a splint to heal; others involve nerve injuries and microvascular damage that require microsurgery from an advanced hand and wrist surgeon.
A common condition that affects the wrist and hand is carpal tunnel syndrome. This causes pain, tingling, and numbness and occurs when the carpal tunnel compresses on the median nerve in the wrist. Other chronic wrist and hand conditions include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Common hand or wrist issues your doctor may diagnose include:
- Broken wrist or scaphoid fracture
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain's syndrome (De Quervain's tenosynovitis)
- Dupuytren's disease (Dupuytren's contracture)
- Finger fracture or dislocation
- Flexor tendon injury
- Ganglion cyst
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports-related injury
- Trigger finger
- Wrist tendonitis
Specialized. In Your Hand & Wrist Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our board-certified orthopedic doctors strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our hand and wrist specialists are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating hand pain or wrist pain. They have obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our team of wrist and hand surgeons includes fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Barrington and Dr. Michael Davis, fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeons Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, and fellowship-trained orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Hussein Turki. Together, they treat patients with nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries using state-of-the-art techniques.