Hand Doctor

Our specialty-trained hand doctors at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are internationally and nationally recognized for their leadership and training in the diagnosis and treatment of hand and wrist injuries and conditions.

It’s easy to overuse or misuse your hands and develop injuries without even being aware that it is happening—for instance, trying to open a tight jar, typing for hours at a time, or carrying heavy items with your hands.

Though hand pain can also develop over time as a person ages and their joints become worn from arthritis. There are also times when accidents or acute injuries can occur. When this happens, the injury can be complex and include the joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments within the hand. While this type of pain usually heals over time and with the right medical treatment, pain and the treatment associated with certain chronic conditions can be ongoing. However, experienced hand doctors can offer a variety of treatments that may be able to help reduce or sometimes even eliminate this type of pain.

When You Should Visit a Hand Doctor Near You

Symptoms offer clues to your condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, you should make an appointment with a doctor to have them assessed:

  • Changes in the surrounding joints—if you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your neighboring finger joints may become more mobile than normal
  • Clicking or grinding sensations
  • Development of cysts on the end joints of your fingers
  • Finger joint pain when carrying, gripping, grasping, or twisting objects
  • Hands, palms, and fingers may feel warm or appear red in color
  • Increased tenderness, soreness, or pain
  • Cramping, numbness, tingling, or throbbing
  • Pain when extending or bending fingers
  • Sensations of grating or grinding in the affected joint
  • Swelling and discomfort in the hand or around the affected joint

If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, you may be suffering from one of the following injuries or conditions that can be treated with or without hand surgery by our expertly trained specialists:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Fractures
  • Hand trauma
  • Ligament or tendon damage
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thumb arthritis
  • Trigger finger

In an effort to stay up to date on all the latest treatments for wrist issues, we are proud to offer endoscopic carpal tunnel release, performed by hand and wrist surgeon Dr. David Auerbach. A minimally invasive procedure, endoscopic carpal tunnel release is designed to alleviate the tingling, pain, and numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome by targeting compression on the median nerve.

Learn More About Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Experience Excellence at Southern California Orthopedic Institute

Deciding on the best doctor or surgeon to treat your pain is important, and there is much to consider when choosing a hand specialist for your hand and wrist care.

At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, you can be confident knowing our fellowship-trained hand doctors are knowledgeable medical specialists with focused specialty training in hand problems. With this advanced training and extensive knowledge, our hand specialists will treat your individual needs with the highest level of expertise.

Through our Hand & Wrist Center, our hand doctors take a team approach in assessing, diagnosing, and treating our patients. From our pediatric orthopedic specialist and sports medicine doctors to our specialty-trained hand surgeons and microsurgery specialists, our hand and wrist specialists are skilled in delivering a wide range of treatments, procedures, and surgical techniques for a number of conditions and injuries. To learn more about our Hand & Wrist Center, its internationally renowned hand doctors, and the variety of conditions we manage at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we invite you to review our patient education resources, our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine on our website, or use the quick links below. 

If you are ready for an expert opinion on your hand issue and to discuss your nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with one of our hand doctors in our Hand & Wrist Center, you can make an appointment online or call (818) 901-6600 or (661) 328-5565 for our Bakersfield location. We have convenient locations in Van Nuys, Bakersfield, Valencia, Simi Valley, Westlake, Beverly Hills, and Porter Ranch. You may use our My Choice resource to help select the right specialist for you.