Hand Doctor

At OAK Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our doctors have the knowledge and experience to treat a variety of hand conditions and injuries.

There are many injuries and medical conditions that can affect the upper extremity, which includes the hand, wrist, and elbow. Any one of these conditions can seem debilitating, making it a challenge to carry out simple tasks at home, work, or school. This can be frustrating to say the least, but the good news is that relief for your hand pain is possible. The first step is to visit a doctor who can diagnose you correctly. Our hand doctors have ample expertise in treating hand conditions of all kinds, and their goal is to help eliminate pain and get patients back to normal as quickly as possible.

Our hand doctors and surgeons treat a wide range of hand ailments and conditions. Some of the most common conditions that cause hand pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Finger joint stiffness
  • Fractures
  • Mallet finger
  • Nerve compression/other nerve injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Sprains
  • Tendon damage

When you visit one of our specialists, you'll first receive a careful evaluation. In some cases, this may include the use of imaging technology, such as X-rays. From there, your hand doctor will be able to provide you with a diagnosis and recommend treatment.

For those who have hand problems, there are a number of potential treatment options. Sometimes, nonsurgical treatments are possible. These might include stretching, physical therapy, or medication. Heat, ice, and compression can also mitigate hand pain.

If your condition does not respond to these treatments, that means it's time to speak with a hand surgeon about the next steps. Our board-certified surgeons have expertise in various hand surgeries, which can offer total relief from pain and other issues. To learn more about the type of surgery that may be right for you, speak with a hand doctor directly.

The goal of any surgery is to get you back to normal as quickly as possible, but a brief recovery period can be expected. It may be a matter of weeks or even a few months before surgical patients regain a full range of motion. However, swelling can be minimized with the use of ice, and pain can be treated with medication. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process as well, helping to ensure a quick and complete healing process.

No matter the specific cause of your discomfort, a solution is possible, and the first step is arriving at the proper diagnosis. That's where our specialty-trained hand doctors come into play. Our hand specialists are here to provide a swift and accurate treatment plan for anyone suffering from pain or swelling in the hand, fingers, or wrist.

Specializing in What Moves You at OAK Orthopedics

At OAK Orthopedics, our world-class team of orthopedic experts is devoted to providing customized treatment plans focused on each patient's individual needs and goals.

Our specialty-trained hand doctors, Dr. Wesley Choy, Dr. Alexander Michalow, Dr. Kermit Muhammad, and Dr. Jalaal Shah, have extensive experience in treating a variety of hand conditions and injuries. Nonsurgical methods will always be recommended first before considering surgery. However, there are situations in which conservative treatments will not provide adequate relief, and hand surgery is the best option to fix the problem. Our hand surgeons are skilled in performing many surgical procedures for the hand and wrist and utilize state-of-the-art technology in doing so. Rest assured that when you see one of our specialists, you're in the care of the region's most preferred orthopedic providers. 

If you have hand pain that you'd like to have evaluated, we encourage you to contact our team of orthopedic doctors today at one of our three locations in Bourbonnais, FrankfortMokena, or Watseka. Call (815) 928-8050 for our Bourbonnais or Watseka office or (815) 469-3452 for our Frankfort office, or request an appointment online with one of our experienced hand surgeons.