specializing in advanced surgical care of hand, wrist, and elbow injuries and conditions

What is a Ganglion Cyst?

Have you noticed a lump or bump on your wrist or hand?  This lump could be something known as a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are fairly common and typically manifest as a small lump noted on the wrist but can also occur in the fingers. Generally the cyst is not painful although in some cases […]

What is Kienbock’s Disease?

Kienbock’s Disease is also known as avascular necrosis of the lunate bone.  Avascular necrosis is the lack of blood supply to a bone and the lunate is one of eight bones in the wrist which allows for complex movement of the wrist.  Bones need good blood supply to remain healthy and without this the bone […]

DeQuervains Tenosynovitis

DeQuervains tenosynovitis (tendonitis) is an inflammation of 2 tendons that are responsible for thumb movement. This condition causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist and is worse with movement of the thumb.  Activities such as lifting young children, turning door knobs, and twisting jar lids can be difficult. Symptoms of deQuervains arise from […]

Wrist Fracture

Slippery sidewalks and patches of ice are part of the winter landscape in northeastern Pennsylvania.  These wintery conditions can often lead to a falls and many unwelcomed injuries. The most common injury is a fracture of the distal radius bone also known as a wrist fracture.  When you break the radius bone about an inch […]

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

 Northeast PA winters bring snow storms, icy roads and cold temperatures.  These conditions can make it difficult to be outdoors.  However, for many people winter may not only be unpleasant but it may also be painful.  For individuals with Raynaud’s cold temperatures triggers an abnormal response of constriction or narrowing of blood vessels in the fingers, toes, […]

What is Wrist Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a procedure performed by a surgeon to look inside of a joint. The wrist is a common joint to undergo arthroscopy, third only to the knee and shoulder. The surgeon makes a small incision and uses a tool approximately the size of a pencil which has a small camera attached to it.. The […]

Holiday Safety Tips

Tis the season for making a list and checking it twice, from wrapping to cooking, and decorating to baking. As we hustle and bustle our way to get everything done can sometimes lead to some untimely and unwelcome injuries. The most common injuries are lacerations, falls and back strains. The Consumer Product Safety Commission report luggage […]

Extensor Tendon Injuries

The extensor tendons are the cord like structures on the back of our hands. They are responsible for straightening our fingers and thumbs.  These tendons are vulnerable to injury such as a simple cut, jammed finger, or laceration from power tools. Frequently, if the extensor tendon has been injured it is obvious due to an […]

Pumpkin Carving Hand Safety

The American Society for Hand Surgery note that Halloween is one of the top three holidays that produce the most emergency room visits each year. Finger and hand injuries account for the greatest proportion of injuries on Halloween. Pumpkin carving can be a dangerous activity; however some simple safety tips may keep all ghosts and […]

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is a condition involving the ulnar nerve at the elbow, often referred to as the “funny bone” nerve.  The ulnar nerve travels around the elbow and into the forearm and ultimately ends in the hand. The cubital tunnel is the name of the space along the inside of the elbow. It is […]