What is a Hand Surgeon?
Hand surgeons are specialists trained to diagnose and treat all problems related to the complex structures in the hand, wrist and forearm.
Hand surgeons receive specialized training in the treatment of hand problems beyond their training in orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery. To become members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, hand surgeons must have completed a year of additional training and have passed a rigorous certifying examination.
Common problems treated include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Wrist pain
- Sports injuries of the hand and wrist
- Fractures of the hand, wrist, and forearm
- Trigger finger
- Nerve and tendon injuries
Not all problems treated by a hand surgeon need surgery. Hand surgeons often recommend non-surgical treatments, such as medication, splints, therapy or injections.