As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained hand doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat hand conditions and injuries.

Allowing for a large amount of movement and dexterity, the hands are comprised of a variety of bones, muscles, nerves, and ligaments. Because of this, they are not only vital to a patient's independence but also prone to injury and pain due to their constant use. Hand pain occurs for a variety of reasons. Some patients can experience pain from repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Others have chronic pain from arthritis, which is the result of the bones and tissues deteriorating over time. Traumatic injuries are yet another source of hand pain, such as when an individual breaks a bone catching themselves during a fall or jams a finger during a sporting event. When a person suffers from a hand or wrist injury, it can interrupt their life and daily routines. An experienced hand doctor has the expertise to evaluate a wide range of hand injuries and conditions and offer treatment solutions to help reduce or eliminate pain.

When It's Time to Visit a Hand Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best hand and wrist care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a hand doctor near you:

  • Hand cramps
  • Hands are red and tender to the touch
  • Inability to grip or turn objects, like a jar lid
  • Pain at the base of the thumb
  • Pain when bending or flexing the fingers
  • Popping or grinding sensations when moving the fingers or hands
  • Swelling or stiffness
  • Throbbing fingers
  • Tingling or numbness

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Finger dislocations
  • Finger fractures
  • Finger sprains
  • Hand fractures
  • Hand trauma
  • Nerve injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger finger

Many hand injuries and conditions can be treated through conservative methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option to providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If surgery is deemed necessary, our hand surgeons have performed hundreds of complex hand surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. They specialize in a variety of surgical treatments, which include:

  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel release 
  • Finger joint replacement (basal joint, PIP, or MCP)
  • Hand nerve injury repair
  • Open release carpal tunnel surgery
  • Thumb joint reconstruction
  • Thumb joint replacement (arthroplasty)

Our doctors understand that pain in your hand and wrist can make everyday activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our hand specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat hand injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your hand and wrist pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our specialty-trained hand surgeons, Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., Aaron G. Anderson, M.D., Rebecca B. Anderson, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas D. Magill, M.D., are skilled in treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, which include the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Our hand doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our hand doctors also work in conjunction with our occupational therapy team to reach each patient’s personal goals in recovery. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hand surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.