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 […]
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. John Erickson of the Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center has been named a “top doctor” by both Castle Connolly and NC Top Docs.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dr. John Erickson of Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center discussed the treatment options for patients with rheumatoid arthritis affecting the hand. He presented at WakeMed Raleigh Hospital hand conference on Monday, August 8, 2022.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting the hands. Wear and tear arthritis within the joints can lead to weakness, deformity, limited range of motion, inflammation, and pain. These symptoms can impair the function of the hand and reduce a person’s quality of life. Conventional medical treatments for hand osteoarthritis in the United […]
Thumb pain is very common in my patients. When the thumb is painful or injured, it becomes very difficult to use the hand. During normal life, we take our thumbs for granted. When the thumb is not working properly, we then realize how important it is. Opening jars, turning door knobs, and buttoning shirts can […]
Injuries to the fingertips are very common. The injury can range in severity from a minor laceration to a complete amputation of the fingertip. This can occur from a misplaced hammer strike, a crush in a car door, or a laceration from a sharp object. Early treatment of fingertip injuries can improve the results. The […]