A hand specialist is an orthopedic doctor who specializes in the complex network of muscles, bones, and tendons that make up your hands and fingers. While some hand conditions and injuries are short-term, others may require further treatment. Because you use your hands every day, they can be vulnerable to many types of repetitive strain injuries and disorders. You may notice swelling and bruising after an acute injury or experience pain that gradually worsens over time.
For example, while arthritis can affect nearly any joint in the body, it is one of the most common reasons for pain and stiffness in the hands. Other types of conditions that affect the hands include sports injuries, nerve injuries, fractures, wounds, and wrist and finger instability.
The time to see a hand specialist is early in your injury or condition. As with many other medical conditions, the earlier you start treatments, often the faster you heal. Consider calling Dr. Galpern when you have pain in your hands—even when you’re resting—or you notice ongoing pain and stiffness throughout the day. Over time, you might notice your grip becoming weaker or having less range of motion in your hands, wrists, or fingers. When everyday activities like brushing your hair or driving the car cause pain, and your symptoms do not improve with rest, it is time to see a hand specialist.