Hand & Elbow Injuries and Treatments

About the Hand & Elbow

Injuries to the hand and elbow are common in the athlete and in the workplace. They can range from bicep tendon tears during a work out to overuse injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. It is important to receive expert assessment of injury or pain so that the appropriate treatment and tests can be ordered. These may include xray, MRI and EMG/NCS to rule out nerve compression issues. Dr. Andrachuk, a leading Atlanta-based orthopedic surgeon has extensive experience treating injuries to the upper extremity using both conservative and cutting edge surgical interventions when necessary.

Common Conditions We Treat

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Stretching or pressure of the ulnar nerve or funny bone nerve is known as cubital tunnel syndrome. The ulnar never is found on the inner side of the elbow and runs through the groove known as the cubital tunnel.

Tennis Elbow

The inflammation or micro-tearing of the tendons in the arm used to join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow is known as tennis elbow. When the tendons and muscle becomes damaged, due to overuse, it can lead to serious pain and tenderness. Tennis elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis.

Golfer’s Elbow

The medical term for golfer’s elbow is medial epicondylitis. This condition occurs when the tendons found in the forearm become inflamed and irritated. It’s a painful injury affecting the hand, wrist, and forearm.

Epicondyle Fractures

An injury often found in children, a medial epicondyle fracture happens in the elbow. It’s an injury affecting the flexors of the forearm and where they attach to the elbow. While the injury is commonly extra-articular, it can be associated with a dislocated elbow, as well.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Also called median nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome causes weakness in the hand, along with numbness and tingling. When pressure is put on the median nerve, it causes carpal tunnel syndrome.

Wrist Fractures

Your hand and forearm are connected through the wrist joint. The wrist joint is made up of small or carpal bones, and two larger bones, the radius, and ulna. When a wrist fracture happens, you have break one of the small bones in the joint or one of the larger bones in the joint.

Hand Fractures

Any type of break in the bones found in the hand is called a hand fracture. These fractures include breaks in small bones found in the fingers or the long bones in the palm.

Other Conditions We Treat

  • Distal bicep tendon tears
  • Little leaguer’s elbow
  • UCL (Tommy John) injuries
  • Olecranon fractures

 

Commonly Performed Procedures

  • Bicep tendon repairs/reconstructions
  • Tommy John surgery
  • Ulnar nerve decompression
  • Lateral epicondyle debridement
  • Olecranon ORIF
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Distal radius ORIF
  • Metacarpal ORIF/pinnin

 

Schedule An Appointment

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrachuk’s Atlanta region offices, please fill out the form below or call us at (404)847-4210.

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