Hand Surgery & Sports Medicine

Hand Surgery
The hand surgery program at The Spine & Joint Center takes a comprehensive approach to the management and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity.

Our Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons offer non-operative and operative approaches to the treatment of tendonitis, bursitis and arthritic disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Overuse or repetitive trauma disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, intersection syndrome, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, flexor tenosynovitis and lateral epicondylitis are managed with a multiple facet philosophy in order to return function as quickly as possible.

Worker's compensation cases are welcomed at The Spine & Joint Center. We also provide reconstructive hand and wrist surgeries for deformities of the hand and wrist. In addition, we specialize in the treatment of traumatic injuries such as fractures, dislocations, tendon and nerve injuries of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and the shoulder.

Our hand surgery program is affiliated with National Rehabili-tation Hospital (NRH), hence patients have the opportunity to work with NRH-certified hand therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists right in our center in Bowie.

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy
When most people hear the term "sports medicine" they think of injuries sustained by a professional athlete. The reality is that these same injuries (predominately of the knee, ankle and shoulder joint) are common to many individuals who are involved in athletics on a recreational level. Some of the same injuries seen in athletes can also occur as job-related injuries.

The Spine & Joint Center understands the urgency of returning patients to their previous level of function. In some cases, instituting an appropriate physical therapy program in combination with medication is all that is required. In other cases, surgery may be indicated. Fortunately, many of the common injuries that require surgery can be addressed less invasively with arthroscopy.

Arthroscopy is a method of inspecting a joint with a small telescope that is 1/5 of an inch or smaller in diameter. Although the procedure requires a general anesthetic, the recovery is must faster due to the much smaller incisions required. Arthroscopy is commonly used for shoulder decompressions, rotator cuff repairs, ACL reconstruction and surgical treatment of meniscal or cartilage tears.

Our goal is to first diagnose the problem accurately. Then we assemble the team who will facilitate the patient's recovery including physicians, physical therapists and a surgical team if needed. We always keep in mind that a key player on that team is the patient and provide them with the information they need to take an active part in their recovery.

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