Advanced, Conservative Treatments for Hand, Wrist and Elbow Problems
OIP physicians care for hand, wrist and elbow problems from the very common to the very complex. We emphasize conservative treatment options for all your hand and upper extremity problems and offer surgery only when necessary.
Have you had a problem with your hand, wrist or elbow? Conditions related to this part of the body are common. It isn’t surprising, considering how often we use our extremities. Every day, we expect our hands, wrists and elbows to function without discomfort, but sometimes, this is impossible. At that point, it’s important to see the OIP hand doctors in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, or at one of our other central PA locations.
Our philosophy of care for all diagnoses related to hands, wrists and elbows is to offer conservative treatment options utilizing advanced equipment and techniques. Surgery is typically a last resort. Each case is considered individually, and we don’t implement “cookie-cutter” approaches to healthcare at OIP. You’ll have peace of mind, knowing that all members of the team are working for you personally.
Trust Your Health To Expert Hand, Wrist And Elbow Surgeons
When surgery is necessary to fix problems associated with the hand, wrist or elbow, it’s essential to find a surgeon who has a large amount of relevant expertise. Hand surgery requires precision and skill, and nothing less than the best will give you the most successful outcomes.
Our hand, elbow and wrist surgeons in central PA are committed to continuously improving their knowledge levels to bring you the most outstanding results we can deliver. Some of the most commonly performed surgeries we perform include endoscopic carpal tunnel release, arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement. Of course, we also offer Xiaflex nonsurgical solutions.
We Take Your Recovery Process as Seriously as You Do
As part of your treatment for a hand, wrist or elbow condition, we may invite you to work closely with our hand and occupational therapy colleagues at OIP. You’ll get compassionate, high-quality care designed for your specific diagnosis.
Hand and Wrist Pain Conditions
No matter how complex your case may be, make an appointment with the team at OIP. Our team of hand, wrist and elbow doctors has treated conditions such as:
- Arthritis: The most common kind of arthritis in the hands, wrists and elbows is osteoarthritis. As the cartilage between joints wears away over time, it can lead to pain and stiffness in these areas, making mobility difficult.
- Tendon ruptures: A tendon rupture can describe a partial or complete muscle tear. While partial tears can be treated nonsurgically, full ruptures generally require surgery so your surgeon can stitch them back together.
- Fractures: Wrist and hand fractures can come from trying to catch yourself in a fall or other traumas, including car accidents.
- Trigger fingers: When a nodule or knot forms in the tendons or the sheath over these tendons become inflamed, it can cause a bent or “locked” finger.
- Ganglion cysts: These are benign lumps that develop in the wrist and hand areas, causing numbness and pain.
- Tennis elbow: Also called lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is a condition where tendons on the outside of your forearm and elbow are overworked.
- Golfer’s elbow: Similar to tennis elbow, medial epicondylitis occurs when the tendons on the inside of your forearm and elbow are overworked.
You can also receive treatment for other hand and wrist complications, including:
- Crush injuries.
- Hand contractures.
Hand and Wrist Pain Diagnosis
Once you find the right doctor for hand and wrist pain at OIP, we will work to diagnose your pain and find the best treatment options for you. Some of our diagnostic tools include:
- Physician examination: First, your doctor will feel for any abnormalities in the joints and bones of your hands and wrists. They may also ask you to pick up objects and move them to understand your concerns.
- X-rays: After a thorough examination, your doctor might order an X-ray so they can better see what’s going on inside.
- Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI: If needed, the doctor will also order an MRI, which gives a more detailed impression than an X-ray.
Hand and Wrist Treatment
To treat these problems, our hand and wrist specialists can apply some of the most advanced technology and techniques, including:
- Endoscopic carpal tunnel release: A minimally invasive surgical option where the doctor uses smaller incisions to decrease recovery time.
- Arthroscopic surgery: Another minimally invasive surgery that allows the hand and wrist surgeon to explore and diagnose your joints.
- Xiaflex® nonsurgical solutions: A medical injection that can improve wrist and finger range of motion.
- Joint replacement: An implant or prosthesis replaces your joints to restore hand functionality.
During your recovery, we work closely with our colleagues in hand and occupational therapy to ensure a quick recovery.
To request an appointment at our hand, wrist, and elbow center, call (717) 761-5530. You can also make an appointment online at your convenience.