"I have had a few visits with Dr. Hurley for pain in both of my shoulders. Dr. Hurley and his team are all very professional and efficient. I have never had to wait but a few minutes for my appointment. He is thorough and answers all of my questions."
"I've been seeing Dr. Worrell for some time after breaking my wrist. He was always up-front about all the options available. While we would discuss the possibility of surgery, he never pushed the option but preferred to try to let my wrist heal naturally in a cast. Once it was clear that healing was not progressing satisfactorily, and that an upcoming trip would not help things, we decided on surgery. I never felt pressured to hold off on, or jump into the surgery, but Dr. Worrell helped me make the right decision for what was going on in my life."
Our hands are not only incredibly useful and important for our daily functioning, but they are complex and delicate parts of our body. It can take a specialist to keep the hands functioning at their best. Hand surgeons are general, plastic, or orthopedic surgeons who have received additional training specifically in the care of hands, wrists and forearms.
Surgery is not the only care that a hand surgeon provides. Hand surgeons might prescribe medications, physical therapy, or splints and braces as well as surgery, depending on the condition. They care for a wide variety of issues affecting the hand or forearm, which may include:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Fingers that cannot be straightened, such as with Dupuytren’s contracture
Deformities of the fingers, such as syndactyly (webbed or fused fingers) or polydactyly (extra fingers)
Wrist or hand pain
Serious injuries of the hand or wrist, including burns and sports injuries
Reattachment of severed fingers or creation of prosthetics
We use our hands to interact with the world in a number of ways. In order to do so, we need our hands to maintain a high level of both movement and sensitivity, and that requires all of its bones, muscles, and nerves to be working properly. Hand surgeons keep this delicate and important equipment functioning.