Optimal hand function is essential in allowing us to do a variety of tasks.  From fine motor skills such as writing and artistry, to the lifting of heavy objects, we rely on our hands daily. In addition, we share feelings and develop bonds with a quick pat on the back to a child, or shaking the hands of a new colleague.  Hand specialists complete additional training to focus on diagnosing and treating conditions that can limit these functions.


The anatomy of the hand, as you can imagine, is complex, which allows for its various functions.  There are 27 bones of the hand and wrist.  This bony structure is connected with a multitude of joints, tendons, and ligaments.  Three different nerves contribute branches to the hand providing sensation and muscle function.  More than a dozen muscles allow for the complex movements of the hand and fingers.  A problem involving just one of these many structures can lead to significant pain and functional limitations.  

When to visit a hand specialist?

The hand is vulnerable to a variety of conditions that can limit function and cause pain.  These can be due to a multitude of causes, including overuse, trauma, aging.  Consider visiting a hand specialist if any of the following symptoms do not quickly resolve:

-Difficulty open or closing fingers

-Weakness with grip

-Numbness or tingling

-Pain at rest

-Painful popping or clicking


Commonly treated conditions

Hand specialists are trained to diagnose and treat problems of the hand and wrist.  Some of the most common conditions we treat include:

-Carpal tunnel syndrome

-Cubital tunnel syndrome

-Distal radius fractures

-Thumb arthritis

-Trigger fingers

-Dupuytren’s contracture

-Traumatic injuries


Orthopaedic Hand Specialist in San Antonio

Jackson Orthopaedics has been managing patients with hand problems since 2014.  With fellowship training in the hand and upper extremity, Dr. Jackson is able to care for conditions of the hand, from simple to complex.  Dr. Jackson has also obtained the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand).  Give us a call today to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options for your hand condition.