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Tingling Pain and Numbness in the Hand

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome have numbness, tingling, and pain in the hand and fingers. The thumb, index, and middle fingers are usually feel the worst. Some patients notice that the hand feels cold, swollen, “asleep” or feel “poor circulation” in the fingers. Symptoms can awaken patients at night with “pins and needles” pain and tingling in […]

Median Nerve and Tendon Repair Case

This teenage patient sustained a glass injury to the right wrist. The median nerve was lacerated, causing numbness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. The thumb flexor tendon (FPL) and radial wrist flexor (FCR) were also lacerated causing loss of thumb flexion and weakness with wrist flexion. The patient underwent surgical repair of the flexor […]

Nerve Repair at Raleigh Hand Center

Nerves are fragile and can be injured by many different causes — including compression, lacerations, or blunt trauma. Compression of a nerve is caused by prolonged pressure placed against a nerve, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Nerve lacerations are often caused by a sharp object such as a knife or broken glass. A nerve can […]

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.         […]

What is Texting Thumb?

“Texting thumb” is a common name for a trigger thumb. Trigger thumb occurs possibly more frequently with the use of smart phones and tablets these days. 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 […]

Nicaraguan Mission Trip, January 2018

I traveled to Nicaragua to participate in a medical mission in January 2018. 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 […]

Dr John Erickson returns from Leon, Nicaragua mission trip

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 […]