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Top Reasons to See an Orthopedics Hand Surgeon

doctor examining a patient's hand We all use our hands, wrists, and forearms throughout the day to perform a variety of activities, from getting dressed to driving and working. When the joints, tendons, and muscles in these areas are working as they should, these activities can be accomplished easily. But when an injury or other issue causes damage, pain and a limited range of motion can make these tasks difficult if not impossible.

When this happens, it’s important to see an orthopedic hand surgeon to correctly diagnose and treat the issue before it becomes even worse.

In this blog, Dr. Ather Mirza and Dr. Justin Mirza of Mirza Orthopedics will explain what an orthopedic hand surgeon is and when you should see one.

What is an orthopedic hand surgeon?

An orthopedic hand surgeon has been specially trained to diagnose and treat problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm, and many are also experts in caring for shoulder and elbow issues. Although they’re qualified to perform surgeries, they also treat problems by using non-invasive methods. They’re experts in treating the joints, muscles, and tendons in these areas and can diagnose your condition and suggest the best treatments.

What symptoms warrant seeing an orthopedic hand surgeon?

The following symptoms can warrant a visit to an orthopedic hand surgeon:

  • Pain in your fingers, hand, wrist, or arm that lasts for more than a few days
  • Difficulty using your hand or wrist to perform daily functions, such as carrying grocery bags or using a keyboard
  • Joint pain that gets worse during periods of rest
  • Swelling or bruising around the hand or wrist
  • A limited range of motion
  • Joint deformity
  • Signs of infection, such as fever, redness around your wrist or hand, or inflammation

These symptoms may be caused by one of the following conditions that are commonly treated by orthopedic hand surgeons:

  • Injuries to your hand, wrist, or arm, including cuts, fractures, and breaks
  • Arthritis
  • Locking fingers (trigger fingers), which can lead to limited finger movement
  • Bent fingers (Dupuytren’s contracture), which causes one or more fingers to maintain a curled position
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries to the hand and wrist

What are the treatment options for hand injuries?

Although orthopedic hand surgeons are well qualified to perform surgery if needed, this is the last option that they’ll pursue.

Non-surgical treatments for hand injuries may include:

  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory medications may be used.
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation: Exercises can help some patients regain strength and motion.

Surgical treatments include:

  • Carpal tunnel surgery: The tendon that puts pressure on the medial nerve is cut, which alleviates the pain. The gap where the tendon was cut fills up with scar tissue over time.
  • Tendon transfer surgery: A healthy tendon is transferred from its original attachment to a new one in the hand, resulting in an improvement in lost hand function.
  • Wrist arthroscopy: The surgeon uses a tiny camera (called an arthroscope) and surgical tools to closely examine and repair tissues inside or around your wrist. This type of surgery usually results in less pain and a quicker recovery time than open surgery.
  • Replantation: This surgery re-attaches fingers that have been cut off due to an accident.

Where can I find an orthopedic hand surgeon on Long Island?

Mirza Orthopedics is the premiere hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder center on Long Island, and we serve patients of all ages from Suffolk and Nassau counties and beyond. We provide the latest, most effective non-surgical and surgical treatment options for all types of hand, wrist, and upper extremity injuries and conditions.

Our orthopedic surgeons are committed to helping you get back to your active lifestyle with as little downtime as possible. We’ve designed innovative surgical devices that help us perform more effective, minimally-invasive surgeries and remain committed to research and innovation in our field.

Dr. Ather Mirza has more than four decades of experience and serves as Chief of Hand and Microsurgery-Limb Replantation at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown as well as Director of North Shore Surgi-Center in Smithtown.

Dr. Justin Mirza serves as a Level 1 trauma surgeon at Stony Brook University Hospital and also as co-director of the Stony Brook Hand Clinic.

Both doctors offer the highest level of technical expertise combined with compassionate, patient-centered care.

If you’re experiencing pain or a limited range of motion in your hand or wrist, make an appointment today with Mirza Orthopedics.

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