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Dr Erickson Discussed Broken Wrist Treatment at Conference

Dr. John M. Erickson of Raleigh Hand Center discussed the treatment options for patients with broken wrists at UNC Orthopedic Conference at WakeMed hospital on 4/23/2018. His talk was titled “Prevention of Complications in Distal Radius Fracture Surgery.” Local area hand surgeons, therapists, radiology staff, and ortho residents were in attendance.         […]

Trigger Thumb Treatment

Trigger thumb is a common hand condition, and it occurs possibly more frequently with the use of smart phones and tablets. Symptoms occur when there is catching between the flexor tendon of the thumb and the sheath which surrounds the tendon. Instead of gliding smoothly through the sheath, the flexor pollicis longus (FPL) tendon can meet resistance within […]

Nicaraguan Mission Trip, January 2018

I recently traveled to Nicaragua to participate in a medical mission. I joined Raleigh Hand Center colleague Dr. George Edwards, III and his wife Rebecca, a general orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jessica Hirschhorn, surgical technologist Roby Smith, and members of the not-for-profit organization COAN. We volunteered at the Hospital Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales Arguello (HEODRA hospital), […]

Drs John Erickson and George Edwards III return from Nicaragua

Dr. George S. Edwards, III and Dr. John M. Erickson of Raleigh Hand Center returned from their Nicaraguan mission trip. The physicians traveled with the Raleigh-based organization COAN (Cooperacion Ortopedica Americano Nicaraguense) to deliver orthopedic care to patients in Leon, Nicaragua. They also provided lectures to orthopedic residents and medical students during teaching conferences and […]

Mommy’s Wrist — Tendonitis Common in Mothers

What is Mommy’s Wrist? Mommy’s wrist is a term for DeQuervain’s tendonitis, a type of painful tendonitis common in mothers of young children. This causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist, worse with movement of the thumb. Opening jars, turning door knobs, and caring for the young child can be difficult. Symptoms arise […]

Information about the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic continues to escalate in communities throughout the United States. More families are now being affected by addiction, overdose, and death from narcotics than ever before. Patients and physicians should be educated about the risks and benefits of opioid medications, and only use these medications when necessary. Below is patient information I have […]

Dr Erickson discusses Dupuytren’s Contracture treatment

Dr. John Erickson of Raleigh Hand Center discussed Dupuytren’s Contracture treatment at the UNC orthopedic hand conference on August 14, 2017. Dr. Erickson offers 3 types of procedures for Dupuytrens patients: needle aponeurotomy, Xiaflex injections, and Dupuytrens fasciectomy surgery. He also uses Kenalog steroid injections for early Dupuytrens nodules prior to joint contracture formation. Here is […]

Broken Wrist Treatment at Raleigh Hand Center

If you recently hurt your wrist and the emergency room or urgent care doctor told you that you broke a bone in your wrist, I am sure that you have a lot of questions. While you are waiting for your follow-up appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, you may be wondering several things including: do I […]