Patient Education

What makes the hand so unique is the complicated anatomy and physiology that allow the hand to function. The combination of structural components – bone, joints, tendons, nerves, blood supply, connective tissue and skin, and the control needed for movement and sensation, creates the unique organ which represents our hand. Because hand use requires all parts to be functioning together, it is the precise interplay of these parts that creates the complexity of the hand. Understanding and treating such a complex organ lead to the speciality of Hand Surgery.

The hand can suffer from a wide variety of pathology. Hand pathology may have many different origins including congenital, traumatic, degenerative, acquired or neoplastic. As Hand Surgeons, Dr. Stirrat and Dr. Green have expertise in diagnosing and treating all the problems involving the different structures of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. The term “hand surgeon” does not mean that the doctors only treat conditions with surgery. The majority of hand conditions are treated by non-operative means. It is through a combination of evaluation and diagnosis that treatment decisions are made. Frequently when patients come to the office, they will have already researched their conditions and are seeking advice about the most appropriate treatment.