Your hands, wrists and elbows play an important role in the way that perform everyday activities, go to work, and participate in activities.
Your upper extremities depend on a complex system of tendons, muscles, skin, nerves, joints, arteries and ligaments. HandSport orthopedic hand surgeons specialize in hand and wrist surgery and are are specifically trained to care for problems that occur with these structures in both adults and children.
HandSport specializations include:
- Sports Injuries and Fractures
- Minimally Invasive Surgery and Arthroscopic Surgery
- Repair and Reconstruction of Tendons, Ligaments, and Nerves
- Hand Surgery
- Wrist Surgery
- Elbow Surgery
- Arthritis Surgery
- Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Hand and Upper Extremity Sports Medicine
The goal of sports medicine of the hand and upper extremities is the prevention and successful treatment of athletic injuries. This is an ever-increasing challenge for the orthopedic surgeon. As athletes—both professional and amateur—acquire more skill and greater training, the hand and upper extremity sports medicine specialist must develop increasingly sophisticated treatments to maintain fitness and try to avoid injuries. Treating upper extremity problems often requires evaluating the core and legs because of their interdependency in motion and mobility – the kinetic chain. Dr. Pruzansky is one of the few physicians in the country to have board certifications in both Hand Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (1.9% worldwide, October, 2020).
Today, more than ever, an injured athlete can look forward to a speedy recovery thanks to a team of specialists that includes a hand surgeon also trained in orthopedic sports medicine, a certified athletic trainer and a physical therapist. Coupled with the latest techniques in rapid rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery and occupational therapy, this team can help patients reduce their risk of further injury and enable the athlete to perform at his or her highest level.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery includes arthroscopic surgery of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, as well as some of the small joints of the hand. Endoscopic surgery is so named because the tiny surgical scope and instruments are used in anatomic spaces outside of the joints, such as the carpal tunnel. Use of cutting edge techniques with small, precisely located incisions to treat finger, hand, wrist and elbow disorders, generally leads to a quicker and less painful recovery then conventional surgery.
Rapid Rehabilitation signifies maximizing recovery in the shortest safe period of time, utilizing the newest techniques to try and improve function, strength, coordination and sensation. The concept and practice of Rapid Mobilization is applied to joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments to accelerate tissue remodeling, sharpen proprioception, and to reduce joint adhesions and athletic deconditioning. Working with physical and occupational therapists, Dr. Pruzansky himself, directly supervises the exercise and splinting programs, progressing the patient in their rehabilitation by evaluating each person, individually. During these meetings each patient has their questions addressed, their progress noted, and their rehabilitation program updated. Sport-specific exercises are introduced at the appropriate stage in the patient’s recovery.