Dr. Raskin is a hand specialist servicing the New York City area with over twenty years of experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of hand conditions. His surgical expertise has transformed the lives of patients who have found their lives compromised by painful conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytrens disease, hand arthritis and more. Below are some of the most common hand conditions that Dr. Raskin treats.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an extremely common condition that causes pain, tingling and numbness in the hand and arm. It is caused when the median nerve one of the major nerves in the hand becomes compressed. Without treatment, the function of the hand and arm can be severely compromised.
Although there are some non-surgical treatments, many patients who suffer from recurring carpal tunnel syndrome opt for surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve and alleviate their symptoms.
Trigger ﬁngers is a condition that affects the tendons in your ﬁngers or thumbs, causing their movement to become limited. When an affected patient tries to straighten their ﬁngers or thumbs out, they seem to be stuck in a bent position before popping out straight. The main cause of trigger ﬁngers is unknown, but they are more common in patients with medical conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Non-surgical treatments include taking oral medications or receiving steroid injections. However, if these are not successful, surgery will alleviate symptoms and restore the use of the hand.
Dupuytren’s disease occurs when the connective tissue in the palm of the hand thickens, causing the cords of tissue that extend out towards the ﬁngers to shorten. This pulls the ﬁngers (and occasionally the thumbs) inwards, so that they are curved towards the palm.
The condition is painless, but can severely affect the function of the hand. It usually occurs later in life, and it is more common in patients with a family history of Dupuytren’s disease.