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Hand, Shoulder and Elbow Care


From the inability to button your shirt to turning down yet another game of tennis, the discomfort of arthritic joints can severely impact your daily life. Our upper extremity specialists aim to make life easier for you by offering comprehensive  treatment options to control the pain, deformity and instability caused by arthritis.

Arthritis of the Hand, Shoulder and Elbow: Why Choose Wake Forest?

Arthritis may be a common problem, but it still requires careful attention and experience to treat. At Wake Forest Baptist, we offer:

  • Experience: Our doctors are fellowship-trained orthopedists with special training to treat hand, shoulder and elbow problems. Meet our hand, should and elbow specialists.
  • Cutting-edge Treatments: We offer the latest technology in arthroscopy - a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. Our doctors help to develop these treatment approaches and are still working today on better treatments. Learn more about our research.
  • Personalized Care: Our goal is to customize a treatment that gets you back to your desired activity level as fast as possible. 

Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Arthritis at Wake Forest

Wake Forest surgeons pioneered minimally invasive (arthroscopic) techniques for treating wrist problems in the 1980s, and we remain on the forefront of breakthrough arthroscopic treatments today. Arthroscopy allows surgeons to remove damaged or inflamed joint linings through small incisions, providing our patients with faster recovery times, less post-operative pain and minimal scarring.

Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Replacements for Arthritis

In some instances, patients may require partial or total joint replacements to control arthritic pain and regain mobility. We offer expertise in joint replacement, including partial and total join replacement of the wrist, elbow and shoulder. From pre-surgery preparation to rehabilitation, our experienced team will be by your side every step of the way. Learn more: 

Non-surgical Treatment Options for Arthritis at Wake Forest

There are many alternative treatments beyond surgery to help manage your arthritis. Our non-surgical solutions include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Behavior modification, which involves learning new movements and approaches for doing daily tasks to minimize pain
  • Oral medications
  • Cortisone steroid injections 

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Quick Reference

Orthopaedic Services

New Patients 336-716-WAKE
Toll-Free 888-716-WAKE
Returning Patients
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Contact the Department

Main 336-716-8200
Fax 336-716-8018

For assistance after hours, please call 336-716-2011 and ask for the Orthopaedic Surgeon on call.
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