Hand surgeons are orthopedic specialists and orthopedic surgeons who are trained to diagnose and treat all problems relating to the hand, wrist and forearm.
This is due to the fact that the hand is a unique part of the human body and is comprised of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, skin, nerves and blood vessels. All of these must be in good condition for the hand to function at peak efficiency.
An injury or a disease to any or all of the structures involving the hand can greatly impair its use and limit its ability to function properly.
Hand surgeons receive specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of hand problems that extends beyond their board certified speciality training in orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery or general surgery.
Many hand surgeons also are also experts in problems of the elbow, arm and shoulder. Common problems that they diagnose included: carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist pain, tennis elbow, sports injuries and other problems such as arthritis and nerve or tendon injuries.
Not all problems will require surgery, some will require treatments such as medication, splints, therapy or medical injections. This is where a consultation with an expert can be beneficial
If you’re suffering from problems with your hands or arms, contact our offices in Joplin, MO to schedule a consultation. Our qualified physicians will assess your needs and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.