Hand, Shoulder and Elbow Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Whether you have a broken wrist, painful arthritis or experience numb fingers, it’s hard to get through your daily routine when your hand and wrist are not working properly or causing you pain. At Wake Forest Baptist Health, our team includes recognized experts in hand and wrist care who offer the best treatment options available today, including the latest advancements in minimally invasive technology.
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Hand & Wrist Care: Why Choose Wake Forest?
From fixing your car to fixing dinner, your hands and wrists play a role in most things you do. That’s why it’s important to treat hand and wrist problems quickly and effectively. At Wake Forest Baptist, our specialists have a national reputation for advanced care:
- Cutting-edge Treatments: Our doctors were among the first to use arthroscopy – a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery – to treat wrist problems. Today, we use advanced arthroscopy to treat fractures, arthritis, chronic pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more about the history of arthroscopy at Wake Forest.
- Personalized Care: We tailor every treatment approach to your specific needs. We work as a team with specialists in plastic surgery, vascular surgery, neurology, occupational therapy and physical therapy, all of whom are conveniently located on the Wake Forest campus.
Advanced Hand and Wrist Arthroscopy in Winston-Salem
At Wake Forest Baptist, our surgeons have been leaders in the field of wrist arthroscopy for 30 years. This minimally invasive procedure involves the surgeon working through small incisions in the back of the wrist joint to view and make repairs. The surgeon uses tiny instruments and a scope with a small camera attachment. Advancements in arthroscopy have allowed surgeons to diagnose and repair tears in fragile ligaments and tendons in the wrist and hand as well as treat larger more complex fractures. Arthroscopy offers our patients:
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Faster recoveries
Joint Replacements for Hand and Wrist
Some patients with severe arthritis do not respond well to medicines or arthroscopic treatments. In these cases, joint replacement or joint fusion may provide relief from pain and improve use of your hand and wrist. During a wrist joint replacement, the surgeon removes damaged ends of the joint and replaces them with an implant made of metal or composite material. The implant attaches to each end of the joint. These implants come in different designs and sizes to best suit your size and shape. Recent advancements in joint prosthesis now offer patients a more natural wrist motion.
Non-surgical Treatments for Hand and Wrist Problems
At Wake Forest Baptist, our orthopedic surgeons believe that many hand and wrist problems can be managed without surgery. Some patients suffering from arthritis, chronic pain and vascular conditions may benefit from:
- Lifestyle changes
- Oral medications
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Rest and ice
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