Pain and numbness in your Wrist or Fingers?
Put Your Hands in Our Hands
Whether you’re opening a jar, typing on your cell phone or simply drying your hair, you use your hands and wrists for almost every basic task. So, when pain or numbness interrupts daily activities, it’s good to know, you don’t have to put up with it.
Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health offers comprehensive non-surgical and surgical care for many hand and wrist injuries, including an endoscopic and minimally invasive approach to one of the more common conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome.
15 minute carpal tunnel procedure is a game-changer
Anywhere between one to three of every 1,000 people in the U.S. will get carpal tunnel syndrome each year. It most commonly affects people between ages 40 to 60, and it’s 10 times more likely to occur in women than men. It’s caused when excessive pressure is placed on the median nerve inside the wrist.
Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome will experience pain or weakness in one or both hands. Other symptoms include a sensation of pins and needles in the fingers, swollen fingers and numbness. Overuse of the wrist or hand is the most common cause, although obesity, arthritis, medications and some medical conditions, even pregnancy, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Finding relief endoscopically
Help is now available locally for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. “People in our community love gardening, crafting and getting out on their bikes — all activities placing heavy demands on their hands,” says Orthopaedic Surgeon Paul Weidner, MD. “That’s why we’re so excited to welcome Dr. Ackerman to Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health.”
Colin Ackerman, MD is a fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeon, and specializes in an approach called endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery.
During the procedure, Dr. Ackerman uses a small device with a camera attached (called an endoscope) that is inserted through a small, half-inch incision in the wrist. The camera guides him as he cuts the carpal ligament. Patients go home the same day. Benefits of an endoscopic approach vs. traditional open surgery include smaller scars, faster recovery, less post-surgery pain and a lower risk of damage to nearby nerves and blood vessels.
Complete hand, wrist and elbow care
In addition to performing endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, Dr. Ackerman specializes in a variety of other procedures for the hand, including fracture repair, ligament surgery, Dupuytren’s contracture, thumb arthroplasty and trigger finger release.
Dr. Ackerman also provides non-surgical and surgical wrist and elbow care for conditions including, ganglion cyst, osteoarthritis, bursitis and tendonitis.
With locations in Colmar, Dublin, Harleysville, Quakertown and Sellersville, it’s a good bet that relief for hand and wrist pain is closer than you think.
Learn more. Visit GVH.org/Ortho.
Colin Ackerman, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Temple University Hospital
Hand and Upper Extremity – Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center