Hand Doctor At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center
The hand doctors at North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center are renowned for their expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hand conditions and injuries. Your hands are intricate structures that allow you to perform countless daily tasks and express yourself through touch and movement. When hand problems occur, they can cause pain, numbness, weakness, and difficulty with fine motor skills, greatly impacting your quality of life. Our skilled orthopedic hand surgeons and non-surgical specialists use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and treatment options to help you find relief from hand pain and restore your hand function. Whether you're dealing with a traumatic injury, a chronic condition, or a complex hand disorder, our team is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care.
Signs You Need a Hand Doctor's Strength of Experience
Hand conditions can result from various factors, including injury, overuse, aging, and underlying health issues. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have a hand injury or condition:
  • Hand and wrist pain in addition to forearm pain
  • Numbness, tingling, or throbbing
  • Pain when squeezing or grabbing an item
  • Swelling or discomfort
  • Inability to bend or straighten your fingers
Wrist and hand pain, as well as any of the above symptoms, can have a significant impact on your daily life. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms for more than a few days or if your wrist or hand pain worsens, you should schedule an appointment with a wrist or hand surgeon or doctor. The surgeon or doctor may diagnose you with one of the following injuries or conditions:
  • A hand or finger deformity
  • A type of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Fracture, such as a finger fracture
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Mallet finger
  • Sports-related injury
  • Sprain
  • Tendon or ligament injury
  • Trigger finger

Our Hand Doctors

Kristen E. Fleager

, M.D.

Steven R. Niedermeier

, M.D.

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Our Hand & Wrist Center Can Help You
At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options for hand conditions, tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our hand doctors always prioritize conservative, non-surgical treatments when possible, but are also highly skilled in performing advanced surgical procedures when necessary. Treatment options may include:
  • Physical therapy and hand therapy
  • Splinting and bracing
  • Medications for pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine therapies (platelet-rich plasma, stem cell injections)
  • Minimally invasive hand surgery
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Trigger finger release
  • Dupuytren's contracture fasciectomy
  • Hand and wrist fracture repair
  • Tendon and ligament repair
  • Nerve decompression surgery

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I see a hand doctor?

    If you experience persistent hand pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, stiffness, or difficulty moving your fingers or wrist, it's important to consult with a hand doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Additionally, if you suffer a hand injury or trauma, such as a fracture, dislocation, or deep cut, seek medical attention promptly.

  • What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common hand condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, becomes compressed. This can cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the hand and fingers, particularly in the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring finger.

  • How can I prevent hand problems?

    To help prevent hand problems, use proper techniques and ergonomic tools when performing repetitive tasks, take breaks and stretch regularly, maintain good posture, and keep your hands and wrists warm. If you have underlying health conditions that affect your hands, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, work closely with your healthcare provider to manage these conditions and reduce your risk of hand issues.

  • What is hand therapy?

    Hand therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on treating and rehabilitating conditions affecting the hands, wrists, and forearms. Hand therapists work closely with hand doctors to develop customized treatment plans that may include exercises, splinting, modalities, and education to help patients regain hand function, strength, and mobility.

  • How long does it take to recover from hand surgery?

    Recovery time after hand surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Minor procedures, such as trigger finger release or ganglion cyst removal, may require a few weeks of recovery, while more complex surgeries, such as hand fracture repair or tendon reconstruction, may take several months. Your hand doctor will provide a personalized recovery timeline and guide you through the post-operative care process, which may include hand therapy, to ensure optimal healing and results.