Formerly known as Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder & Rhyneer Caylor Clinic.

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Orthopedic Hand Care

The hand is an intricate area of the human body made up of a network of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels.

A hand injury can cause debilitating pain, numbness, and limited movement, making everyday tasks difficult for you to tackle. Maybe you are having trouble or pain when you try to pick up items or notice tender bumps or other abnormalities with your hands and fingers.

Whether caused by repetitive stress, an acute injury, or genetics, our expert hand surgeons are experienced in treating a wide range of hand issues.

Orthopedic patient ties flies while fly fishing in Alaska

Common Hand Issues We Treat

Basilar Joint Arthritis

A type of osteoarthritis caused by cartilage damage to the joint at the base of the thumb, which can cause visible swelling or bumps to appear. Increased pain and stiffness can make gripping and pinching activities more difficult.

Dupuytren’s Contracture

A progressive, often hereditary, hand disease that causes the fingers to curl into the palm. This condition is caused by thickening of the palmar fascia, a layer of tissue beneath the skin of the palm.

Gamekeeper’s Thumb

A common injury to the ulnar collateral ligament, a ligament on the inside of the thumb often caused by falling with an outstretched hand. It can cause pain and weakness in the thumb, especially when grasping objects.

Finger or Thumb Joint Arthritis

The joints of the fingers or thumbs may develop arthritis from a previous injury or wear and tear. The most common symptoms are swelling and pain, especially when pinching or gripping.

Trigger Finger

A condition that causes the fingers or thumb to painfully catch or lock when bent, making it difficult or painful to extend. It is caused by inflammation in the tendon of the affected finger or thumb.

Hand Fracture

Fractures can affect either the phalanges, or the small bones of the fingers, or the metacarpals, the long bones of the palm. The most common is a fracture to the fifth metacarpal, which supports the pinky. Hand fractures are often caused by falling or hitting something. 

Orthopedic doctor wraps patient's injured hand

Orthopedic Hand Treatments

Many hand conditions and injuries can be treated using non-surgical treatment. Rest, anti-inflammatory medication, splints, physical therapy, and steroid injections are all examples of conservative options our orthopedic hand specialists may use to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and restore functionality. In more advanced situations where conservative treatment options are not effective, minimally invasive procedures or surgical treatment may be recommended.