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A Helping Hand – Seminar on hand and wrist pain
By: njgpeck
02.28.14 Friday

A Helping Hand – Seminar on hand and wrist pain

Vermon Esplin, MD

Documents for the Seminar: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises and Stretches
  The hand, one of the most flexible parts of the human skeleton, is an intricate instrument that is both tough and delicate. Our hands help us to experience and control the world around us and hence, enable us to work and care for others and ourselves. However, when our hands, wrists or upper extremities do not function properly, daily activities such as driving a car, typing or cooking can be difficult and painful. It is estimated that over 30-40 million adults in the United States have pain in the hands and fingers to some degree. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of hand pain in the adult population. Many people come into the office with hand pain and think they have carpal tunnel syndrome. The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel include numbness, tingling, and a burning type of pain felt in the fingers.  There are numerous associated causes of carpal tunnel syndrome and a number of conditions that can mimic these symptoms.  For proper diagnosis and treatment, schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic hand surgeon who is specially trained to properly identify and treat wrist and/or hand conditions. As with most conditions, early diagnosis and intervention is important for avoiding permanent nerve and muscle damage. Our philosophy at the Idaho Hand Institute is to begin treatment with the least risky and most proven interventions. We look to treatments that have the highest success rates.  Most of the time, patients are able to get relief from symptoms by altering activities, using prescribed medications, splinting and therapy. However, if conservative techniques are not successful in relieving a patient’s problem, surgery may be required.  An experienced hand surgeon can discuss the best options with you. Dr. Jeffrey Stuck and I invite you to join us for the Advanced Hand and Wrist Care Seminar.  We are both board certified orthopedic surgeons with additional specialty training in hand surgery, which includes problems in the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder. If you or a loved one are experiencing pain or numbness in the hands, then this is one seminar you don’t want to miss.  We will discuss carpal tunnel problems and other nerve problems that can cause numbness, pain and weakness in the upper extremities. The Seminar will be held on Thurs, March 6, 2014 in the PMC Pebble Creek Conference Room. It is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6pm; presentation will begin at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. For reservations, call 208-239-1048. Additionally, Dr. Stucki and I will be conducting Free Carpal Tunnel screenings on Fri, March 7th and 14th. The clinic will open at 8:30am and will run through noon. To schedule an appointment for this clinic, call 208-235-HAND (4263). The Idaho Hand Institute is located at 560 Memorial Drive Suite B, next to the Holt Arena. At the Idaho Hand Institute, we treat many routine and complex upper extremity conditions. To help patients in the outlying communities, we also see patients at the Lakeview Medical Clinic in Soda Springs every other Friday and in the Blackfoot Medical Clinic every other Wednesday. For more information or to schedule an appointment in Pocatello, Soda Springs or Blackfoot please contact us at the Idaho Hand Institute, 208- 235-4263. To find another type of physician, please call Portneuf Medical Center’s Physician Referral Line at 1-877-721-6673.   Dr. Vermon Esplin is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine, did his residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center and completed his fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has been in private practice in Pocatello for 11 years.
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