Orthopaedic hand surgery deals with problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm. Orthopaedic hand surgeons treat these problems without surgery in conjunction with physical and occupational therapists, but they are also specialty trained to operate when necessary. Orthopaedic hand surgeons also participate in the diagnosis and care of shoulder and elbow problems. Hand surgeons have additional training in surgery of the hand and must take an additional full year of training and pass a rigorous certifying examination in addition to their Orthopaedic Board examinations.
Our hands serve many purposes. Our hands help us eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, and do many other activities. The hand surgeon deals with every aspect of hand function including sensation and movement, such as joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction. Therefore, in treatment of hand problems, care must be given to all types of tissues that make function of the hand possible. That is why it is so important to have an orthopaedic hand surgeon provide such care.