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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 […]

What is a boxer’s fracture?

Boxer’s fractures are very common hand injuries. The typical cause is punching a wall with a clenched fist. These injuries are most common in young adult males. They can also occur from a variety of ways such as a fall, sports injury, or car accident. A “boxer’s fracture” is defined as a fracture of the […]

Dr Erickson discussed Hand Tumors at Conference

Dr John Erickson gave hand conference at WakeMed Hospital for UNC orthopedic residents and hospital staff on August 10, 2020. He discussed Tumors of the Hand and Wrist and presented several illustrative cases. Local area hand surgeons, radiologists, occupational therapists, and Physicians Assistants were in attendance in-person and viewing online.

Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

It is difficult to comprehend the vast amount of human suffering caused by SARS-CoV-2. As I type these words, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused illness in almost 2 million Americans and over 100,000 deaths. Over 40 million people in the United States have now applied for unemployment benefits due to the economic fallout of the […]

ORIF Surgery of 4th and 5th Metacarpal Fractures

This patient sustained displaced fractures of the fourth and fifth metacarpal shafts. The fractures were angulated and the fingers were not aligned well. Surgery was recommended for the patient. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery with plates and screws was performed and range of motion with hand therapy was begun early. Excellent results can […]

Photos of Mucous Cysts in Fingers

A mucous cyst is a common type of fluid-filled cyst in the finger. These are called “mucous cysts” due to the thick, clear, mucous-like fluid within the cyst. This fluid has leaked out of the joint closest to the fingernail, the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. They are common in both men and women aged 50-70 […]

Closed Reduction and Pin Fixation of Hand Fracture-Dislocation

This patient sustained a fracture-dislocation of the 5th carpometacarpal (CMC) joint at the base of the small finger. The CT scan shows the comminuted fracture fragments and the joint malalignment. The red arrows point to the injury site and highlight the joint out of place. The patient underwent surgery, involving manipulation of the fracture site, […]

Elective Surgery is Allowed in North Carolina

COVID-19 Update: Effective May 1, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen have allowed elective and non-urgent surgery to be performed in our state. Certain guidelines have to be followed including: an assessment of the medical necessity of the procedure, maintaining protective personal equipment, protecting the exposure of patients and […]

How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Surgery

I’m writing this article for people who want to avoid carpal tunnel surgery. Yes, I am an orthopedic surgeon and I’m trained to operate on patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). But I’m also a physician, and part of our jobs as physicians is to educate patients about prevention of disease. Hopefully I can teach […]