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Needle Aponeurotomy for Dupuytrens Contracture

Needle Aponeurotomy (NA) is an in-office procedure for patients with Dupuytren’s Contracture. This is a non-surgical option which has a quicker recovery than surgery. There are less complications and risks with NA compared to surgery. However, the results from NA do not typically last as long as surgery, and the NA procedure often is repeated […]

How long is the recovery from Dupuytrens Surgery?

There are three main options for Dupuytrens contractures in the hand: collagenase injections, needle aponeurotomy, and Dupuytrens fasciectomy surgery. Most patients request non-surgical treatments, if possible, since the recovery is much quicker. However, not all patients are candidates for the non-surgical treatments. How long is the recovery after surgery? The incisions take 2-3 weeks to […]

BB gun injury to the hand

BB guns are not toys. Bodily harm can occur with improper use. Several times per year patients are referred for retained BBs within the hand. Some BBs are simple to remove in the office, others require surgery. Infections, fractures, and injuries to the tendons, nerves and blood vessels of the hand can occur. Children using […]

Dr Erickson is vaccinated for COVID-19 prevention

Dr Erickson received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Most of the members of his office staff are in the process of vaccination as well, and many have received their first dose of the vaccine. His physician partners at the Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center are also fully vaccinated.

Thumb pain after skiing? It could be a skier’s thumb!

A “skier’s thumb” is a common injury to the hand. Skier’s thumb refers to an acute injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb metacarpophalangeal (MP) joint. This often occurs from a sudden, force, such as when the thumb is bent backwards or jammed. This injury is referred to as a “skier’s thumb” […]

Broken Wrist Surgery in Raleigh

This patient sustained a broken wrist after a fall as he landed on the outstretched hand. Surgery was recommended and the patient underwent open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Plates and screws were used to stabilize the distal radius fracture, while the ulnar styloid fracture healed with splinting. Excellent range of motion, strength, and high […]

Ganglion Cyst in the Wrist

Do you have a bump in your wrist? A wrist ganglion cyst is a very common reason for this. These cysts usually arise near a joint or tendon. The most common location is the back of the wrist (see image below). They can occur in people of all ages and are common in young adults. […]

Dr. Erickson named a Top Doctor

Dr. John Erickson was named a Top Doctor in 2020 by Castle Connolly. The selection process is merit-based, and top doctors are recommended by other physicians. Only 6% of board-certified physicians in the US are selected for this award.

5 Causes of Thumb Pain

The thumb is responsible for about 50% of all hand function. 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 realize how important it is. There are several causes of thumb pain […]