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Self-help for thumb and wrist tendonitis

One of the most common causes of thumb and wrist pain is due to tendonitis. DeQuervain’s tendonitis is a type of tendonitis which common in young mothers. This causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist. The pain is worse with movement of the thumb and wrist at the same time. Opening jars, turning […]

Lumps in Palm of the Hand

Lumps and bumps are common in the palm of the hand. Patients should seek evaluation by a trained physician to make the diagnosis. Below are the most common causes of lumps in the palm. Ganglion Cyst The most common cause of a hand lump is a ganglion cyst. These are fluid filled sacs which come […]

Why does my pinky go numb when I hit my funny bone?

The funny bone is neither funny nor a bone. The source of pain when someone “hits their funny bone” is actually related to a nerve on the inside of the elbow. This nerve is called the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve is one of the three important nerves which control the hand. It supplies feeling […]

Pillar Pain after Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel release surgery is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States. Over 90% of patients are pleased with the results, and they would recommend the surgery to a loved one. Most patients have decreased hand numbness, no night-time hand tingling, and less pins and needles hand pain. Many of my […]

XRAYS of Hand Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is very common. It seems that all people get arthritis if they live long enough. Some people get arthritis at an earlier age than others depending on genetics, injuries, inflammation, and “wear and tear”. Below are xrays of patients with hand osteoarthritis. Look for decreased joint space between the bones as well as bone […]

Hand Injury Care in Raleigh, NC

Dr. Erickson cares for patients with hand, wrist and elbow injuries. He evaluates patients at the Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center in Raleigh, NC. He emphasizes conservative, non-operative care in most cases. Dr. Erickson only recommends surgery when necessary or when non-operative treatment has not provided relief. He works closely with hand therapists to improve […]

Capital City Surgery Center is Best in North Carolina

Capital City Surgery Center (CCSC) was recently named the #1 Ambulatory Surgery Center in North Carolina! Dr. Erickson and his partners are proud of the national and state recognition. He performs the majority of his outpatient surgeries at CCSC. Dr. Erickson has financial interest in the surgery center. Read more here.

Endoscopic or Open Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery?

When a patient is planning to undergo carpal tunnel release surgery, there are several types of surgeries available. These are traditional open release, mini-open release, and endoscopic release. Hand surgeons continue to debate the pros and cons of each technique. The various techniques have been compared in many studies. The long-term results and complication rates […]

Dr Erickson gives Conference on Pain Management

Dr. Erickson at the Raleigh Hand to Shoulder Center gave hand conference titled: The Opioid Epidemic, The Role of the Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Erickson discussed the opioid crisis in the United States and ways to reduce patient pain after surgery while minimizing the use of opioid prescriptions.