Hand, Wrist and Elbow Center
When everyday activities become too difficult to perform because of debilitating hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder pain, patients turn to the Hand, Wrist and Elbow Center at Orthopaedic Specialists, PC. The center offers arthroscopic and endoscopic techniques and alternatives to large open procedures. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons provide a number of minimally invasive treatment options to minimize your pain and help you feel more like yourself again. Minimally invasive procedures are performed through small portals, eliminating the need for large incisions and resulting in little to no scarring.
Common Conditions of the Upper Extremity
The upper extremity, which includes the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand, is very complex with numerous small bones, nerves, ligaments, and tendons, which make the risk for injury very high. Common causes of upper extremity pain and discomfort include carpal tunnel syndrome (tingling from pressure on the median nerve in the wrist), cubital tunnel syndrome (tingling from pressure on the ulnar nerve in the elbow), arthritis, trigger finger, and other injuries due to overuse and/or trauma such as tendonitis and bone fractures. Descriptions of some of the most common conditions of the upper extremity that Dr. Cobb regularly diagnoses and treats are listed below.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Arthritis in the Hands and Fingers
- Thumb Carpometacarpal (CMC) Arthritis
- Trigger Finger
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Fractures that Result in a Nonunion
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylosis)
- Stem Cell Injections
Jeff – Endoscopic Biceps Tendon Repair
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Team
Dr. Tyson Cobb, Director of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Orthopaedic Specialist’s hand, wrist, and upper extremity specialist, Dr. Tyson Cobb, strives to offer the highest quality of care by staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in orthopaedic surgery. In order to do so, he routinely attends, presents, and teaches new technologies and minimally invasive procedures to other surgeons at conferences around the world.
About Our Hand & Upper Extremity Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery
“Arthro-” means joint and “-scope” means look at carefully. An arthroscope is a small (pencil-sized or smaller) surgical tool equipped with a tiny video camera and light. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision into the joint. Joints commonly viewed and treated arthroscopically by Dr. Cobb include the thumb and finger joints, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Once the arthroscope is inserted, detailed images of the joint are shown on a video monitor. Your surgical team watches the surgery on a video screen, which provides detailed, enlarged and perfectly lighted views of your joint. Although additional incisions may be necessary, this minimally invasive surgical technique results in less tissue damage and typically allows for faster recovery. Dr. Cobb is an expert in arthroscopic and endoscopic surgery and teaches surgeons around the world to perform minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Orthopaedic Specialist’s occupational therapists are specifically trained to rehabilitate patients with hand and upper extremity disorders. You will receive a fully tailored therapy plan to help maximize the results of your recovery period following surgery.
Bracing: Splints and Orthotics
Our occupational therapists commonly use custom splints or orthotics for treatment of upper extremity conditions. This type of treatment prevents unwanted movement to allow proper healing, reduce pain, and support a weak joint. Limiting the range of motion relieves stress on the affected area. A splint is a temporary aid commonly used following an injury or surgery and an orthosis is typically designed for long-term use such as for thumb (carpometacarpal (CMC)) arthritis, tennis elbow or wrist arthritis. Depending on the problem, you may require either a soft or rigid orthotic support.
For more information about your hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder treatment options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb today by calling (563) 344-9292.