The hand is extremely unique, and it takes a special type of surgeon to treat it. You may be surprised to learn these three things about hand surgeons:
- Hand surgeons treat everything from general hand pain to hand emergencies. Just because you don’t need hand surgery doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see a hand surgeon! Hand surgeons are specialists for all things related to the hand and can treat a variety of conditions including carpal tunnel, trigger finger, sports injuries, jammed fingers, broken hands/fingers, birth defects, etc. Hand surgeons can also potentially reattach your hand or finger if it is severed in a traumatic incident.
- Hand surgeons don’t just treat hands. Most hand surgeons treat the wrist and arm as well. Many can also treat the elbow and shoulder.
- Hand surgeons receive additional, specialized training. This extra training is a full year on top of their residency.
Visit a hand surgeon if you’re experiencing any sort of pain or discomfort or have suffered an injury. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand has a database of more than 3,200 hand surgeons in the United States and around the world, all of which are board-certified hand surgeons. Board certification requires the passage of a rigorous examination. Find a hand surgeon near you.
You can also visit www.HandCare.org to browse 75+ conditions related to the hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder, as well as anatomy illustrations and hand safety tips.