Surgical Intervention; Is it for you?
Life without the use of your upper extremities would be very difficult and depending on the issue, next to impossible to live life without the constant help from others. However, the upper extremities are sometimes the most ignored parts of our body. We work our hands, arms and shoulders hard and to the edge of exhaustion. At the first sign of pain and discomfort, we rarely rest but push through the pain with a healthy dose of denial. There is nothing worse than hearing your doctor say, “If you had come in sooner….” So, what about surgical intervention for upper extremity problems? Surgery isn’t for everyone and not always the first line of defense against problems that arise. There are basically 5 different treatment options used in the medical practice of an upper extremity physician.
- Relieve Symptoms
- Restore Function
- Replace tendons, muscles, and joints