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What Can a Hand Surgeon Do?

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Most hand surgeons can treat more than just the hand. They can also treat your shoulder, elbow, arm and wrist. A hand surgeon can also provide a variety of treatments that do not include surgery. They can help you find a hand therapist to reduce your pain, or they can recommend other options such as splints or injections. Hand surgeons can see you for an injury, such as a broken bone, dislocation or jammed finger, for general pain, or for a condition such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Tennis elbow
  • Etc.

Use our Find a Hand Surgeon tool to find a specialist in your area. Our tool includes more than 3,000 board-certified hand surgeons, both orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, who are members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Watch our short video to learn more about hand surgery:

Visit www.HandCare.org to learn more about hand surgery and to browse more than 70 different conditions and injuries of the upper extremity.

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  • Jack Levandowski
    December 29, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    I sustained a brachial plexus injury (dislocated shoulder) skiing at Loveland this past Feb 2016. I had to be removed from the hill by the ski Patrol and sent to a hospital (via ambulance) in Lakewood. it was about 2 hrs from the actual injury to putting the shoulder back in place. I have rehabbed since and am now going to the gym to re-build strength in the shoulder. The hand surgeon recommended end-to-side nerve transfer surgery which may/may not help the hand strength/dexterity. My concern now is the feeling (or lack of) in my pinky due to the ulnar nerve injury. Is it reasonable to expect complete (or near) 100% sensation again in my pinky?

    • Benjamin Jacobs, MD
      January 2, 2017 at 7:57 PM

      Mr. Levandowski,

      I’m sorry to hear about your injury. It sounds like you’ve been working hard at getting better and sometimes nerve injuries can be frustrating. Often the recovery after nerve injury is slow and can frequently be incomplete. There are a lot of factors that can affect nerve recovery after an injury. Your age and health, the location of the injury and the nerve that is injured all can change the expected recovery. Probably the biggest factor that determines eventual recovery is the degree of injury to your nerve. Without examining your arm and knowing the specifics of how your injury has progressed, it is difficult to answer your question with any accuracy. In fact, it is difficult to predict nerve recovery with accuracy even in the best circumstances.
      – Benjamin Jacobs, MD

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