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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained hand doctor in Wichita is an expert in providing evaluation and treatment for hand injuries and conditions.
Specialty-trained hand doctors have completed advanced education in the hand, including the multitude of issues and injuries that can affect it. While the treatments they offer may include hand surgery, there are also many treatment options hand specialists perform that do not involve surgery.
Hand and wrist pain due to repetitive stress injuries is a common condition and one reason people seek out hand physicians. These tendon injuries occur often because many people use their hands frequently throughout the day, performing challenging and repetitious tasks, whether it is using tools that vibrate, typing on a computer, preparing food, or moving and handling heavy objects.
Hand doctors and surgeons also frequently help people with upper extremity arthritis, including arthritis of the hands and wrists. The treatment options can vary, depending on each individual patient. For instance, physical therapy may be helpful on its own for one patient, but it could work better with medication for another. Hand surgery may also be a good option for an arthritis patient.
Hand Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to hand and wrist problems and may be familiar to you:
- Hand pain that radiates into the wrist
- Popping or clicking sound when moving the affected finger
- Round or oval lumps on the hand
- Sensation that bones are grinding
- Soreness on the base of the finger or thumb
- Tingling sensation
- Unable to completely extend the finger
- Wrist tenderness extending into the hand
Common Hand Conditions & Injuries
A hand doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following hand or wrist injuries or conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain's syndrome
- Dupuytren's contracture (scar tissue that forms around the tendon)
- Ganglion cyst (noncancerous lump on the tendon)
- Kienböck's disease
- Mallet finger
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injury (such as a jammed finger)
- Trigger finger
Exceptional Hand Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita, you’ll meet with our board-certified hand doctor, Dr. Damion Walker. Our fellowship-trained medical expert treats patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. He not only provides medical care and patient education, but he also has a deep understanding of the challenges patients with hand issues face and knows how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It's important to know that our doctor always strives to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through his diagnostic process, he will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment plan, such as physical therapy or medication, will be the best approach.
However, if surgery is needed, our surgeon will apply his advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. He'll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation at our office, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our doctor in Wichita and Scott City can assess and diagnose your condition and consult with you about what treatment approach may be best for you. Sometimes, our hand doctor may consult with other doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your hand problem. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective is just one of the many benefits of being treated by the doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our doctor by phone at (316) 219-8299 or by using the request an appointment button below. We have convenient office locations in Wichita and Scott City.