A hand specialist or hand surgeon focuses on helping patients with problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm. These physicians are trained to diagnose and treat conditions with our without surgery. In order to become a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, a hand surgeon has to take a full year of additional training and pass a certifying examination.
So, why should you visit a hand specialist instead of your general physician?
Sometimes your general physician does not have the experience necessary to treat a condition that requires specialized training.
Hand specialists are specifically trained to deal with problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm so they are more likely to be faster at diagnosing your condition and treating it accurately. Hand specialists are also more likely to be aware of the latest technology and procedures that relate to their specialty, and are therefore able to provide you with better care.
You should see a hand specialist if:
- You have suffered injury or trauma to your hands, wrists, or forearms. Oftentimes we tend to minimize the importance of these kinds of injuries and we treat them with homemade remedies. While this is okay to do right after the injury occurs, you should be mindful that hand and/or arm injuries can cause serious issues if left untreated.
- You suffer from recurrent hand, wrist, or arm pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling.
- You have or think you have a ganglion cyst.
- Your hands tend to change colors (from white, to blue, to red).
- An injury has resulted in severed fingers. In many cases, if the dismembered part is found, a hand surgeon can perform the proper reattachment surgery.
When choosing a hand specialist make sure that they have plenty of experience in treating conditions both surgically and otherwise. You will also need to make sure that they are board certified.
The physicians at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas have experience performing the latest and best procedures for hand problems, and are all board certified. Make an appointment today!