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Physician Profile: Dr. John Erickson

Dr. John Erickson was raised in El Paso, Texas. His father was an officer in the US Army, and the Erickson family settled in El Paso after his father retired from the military. As a youth, Dr. Erickson developed a love of the outdoors, was active in Boy Scouts, and earned the Eagle Scout Award. […]

Nonsurgical Thumb Arthritis Treatment

Thumb arthritis is very common. About 15% of women and 7% of men have symptoms of thumb arthritis. This condition can cause pain, weakness with grip and pinch, difficulty opening jars, and reduced quality of life.  The human thumb is unique. We can move our thumbs to touch the small finger in a motion called […]

I broke my wrist! Now what?

If you recently hurt your wrist and the emergency room or urgent care practitioner 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 […]

What is Viking’s Disease?

“Viking’s Disease” is the name commonly used to refer to Dupuytren’s contracture in the hand. While we do not know the specific cause of Dupuytren, this condition is more common in people with Nordic or Northern European ancestry. The condition has high prevalence in Scandinavia, Iceland, the British Isles, France, and Germany – all places […]

Pain relief with less opioids

We are currently living in an opioid crisis in the United States. Approximately 180 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. More than 500,000 people have died during the past decade as a result. More families have been affected by addiction, overdose, and death from opioids than ever before. Opioid overdose is now one […]

Carpal Tunnel Doctor in Raleigh

Most patients have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome. But many patients still have questions, such as “what is carpal tunnel syndrome?” and “how did I get carpal tunnel?” Also, “What kind of doctor do I see for my carpal tunnel?” Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common compression neuropathy in the hand and arm. This […]

Dr. Erickson is a Top Doctor

Dr. John Erickson of the Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center has been named a “top doctor” by both Castle Connolly in 2020 and 2024 and by NC Top Docs in 2023.

Hand Pain After Punching a Wall? It Could be a Boxer’s Fracture

Do you have hand pain after punching a wall? It could be a boxer’s fracture. Boxer’s fracture are very common hand injuries. The typical cause is striking a hard surface with a clenched fist – such as punching a wall. These injuries can also occur in contact sports, automobile collisions, altercations, or falling to the […]

Nonsurgical Treatments for Dupuytrens Contracture

Dupuytren’s disease is a common condition affecting the hand. This condition is characterized by abnormal fibrous tissue formation in the palms and fingers. Early in the course of the disease process, nodules of fibrous tissue develop in the palm. In about a 30-50% of patients, these nodules develop into cords which gradually bend the fingers […]

Surgery for Wrist Fractures in Raleigh

The patient in this case example sustained a broken wrist after a fall as he landed on the outstretched hand. This is called a displaced distal radius and ulnar styloid fracture. Due to the fracture pattern and the high functional requirements of the patient, surgery was recommended. The patient underwent open reduction and internal fixation […]