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Our hand doctors are recognized experts in the field and have specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of hand injuries and conditions.
When a patient's hands are injured, painful, or stiff and lack mobility, it can seriously affect their quality of life. Even with good care, it’s easy to overuse hands in daily life, and as a result, a patient's hands can suffer from pain and injury. Additionally, there are health conditions that can lead to hand pain, such as arthritis, hand trauma, or repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Know When It’s Time to See a Hand Doctor
If your pain has become too severe, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should contact a hand doctor near you:
- Finger joint pain
- Grinding sensation when moving the fingers or hands
- Hand and arm pain that worsens
- Numbness, tingling, or throbbing while resting or sleeping
- Swelling and discomfort
- Thumb joint pain
You should also see a doctor if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection. Most people use their hands constantly throughout the day, and as a result, pain usually does not go away unless it is properly diagnosed and treated by a doctor.
Common orthopaedic issues that can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain’s disease
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Ganglion cysts
- Nerve and tendon injuries
- Traumatic injuries
- Trigger finger
At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained hand specialists understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your hand problems and the most effective treatment for you.
To consult with our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons specializing in the hand at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in Edwards, Frisco, or Vail.
Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?
With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the hand, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating injuries and conditions with and without surgery.
Our specialists, Dr. Erik Dorf, Dr. Peter Janes, and Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, are also hand surgeons with additional specialty and fellowship training in hand and upper extremity and sports medicine and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions as well as hand surgery.
To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the hand and wrist disorders we treat through our patient education resources.
Tips for Healthy Hands
The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect yourself.
Extend and Flex
Each morning, bend and stretch your fingers several times. Make sure not to overextend or move them into positions that could put you at risk for injury.
Avoid Joint Stiffness
Be sure to massage and gently move your hand and finger joints periodically throughout the day. This small, regular practice will help keep your joints from becoming stiff.
Prevent Strain and Overuse
It is easy to overuse the hands. A good practice is simply to become more aware of your actions, then find new ways to perform certain tasks. For instance, if you use a manual can opener and it causes pain, switch to an electric one. Or, if the lock on your door is hard to open, consider having a locksmith replace it with one that is easy for you to open. Another suggestion is to take more frequent breaks when you are typing.