A good doctor for a wrist injury?

hand on blank backgroundSean emails:

I've been having some pretty serious pain in my left wrist anytime I put weight on it (think push-up position). A lot of arm-chair internet sleuthing has me concerned enough that I want to have it properly examined. I'm not terribly confident that my primary care doctor will necessarily get to the bottom of it based on a prior encounter with an unidentified running injury. With that in mind, I was hoping someone out there might be able to recommend a doctor or facility that they've had very positive experience with in the past.

We suspect the sort of doctor Sean is headed for is an orthopedist. So... have a good doctor to suggest to Sean? Please share! And bonus points for a sentence or two about why you're recommending that doctor.

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Big fan of Dr. Marotta at Burdett Orthopedics in Troy. I've shattered bones twice, and he's operated on me and I've fully recovered all motion/use. He has also accurately diagnosed things like stress fractures, strains, torn ligaments, etc. When I follow his advice, I heal well, and quickly!

I don't have a doctor to recommend but have information that may help.... Many years ago (when I was in high school and before I lived in Albany) I had a similar issue. It turned out to be a cyst on my wrist that was sitting on/near my nerves which is why whenever I'd put pressure on it (push up position!) it'd pinch the cyst and press into the nerves, causing pain.

There was surgery that could fix it but my doctor at the time said that since it's such a delicate area that has to put up with a lot of movement, its likely that it would come back anyway. It eventually went away (when I accidentally banged my wrist *hard* and ultimately popped the cyst) and since then has come back two or three time (over a 10+ year period).

Now that I'm aware of it, when I start to notice it coming back (and pain during push ups is usually one of my first indicators!) I just put pressure on where the cyst builds up with my other hand and it goes away on its own. Hasn't been anything other than a minor inconvenience ever since. Good luck!

I don't know how your insurance works but you will probably need a referral from your primary to see a specialist (otrhopedist) and be covered. If he/she won't give you the referral, I suggest finding a new primary. That being said, I broke my ankle in February and after my ER visit, went to Ortho NY on Everett Road for follow up. Was treated by Dr Alfondre and his PA Andrea Skillman. Both were excellent. Bonus is Repsher Associates physical therapy is in the same building and they were great in getting my range of motion and strength back.

I saw and recommend Dr. Christopher DeCamp at Northeast Orthopaedics who specializes in hand problems . A couple of years ago I broke a small bone in my wrist (the second time I broke it over the years). I needed a cast and then some physical therapy. I felt like he really listened to me and I no longer have any issues with my wrist.

I'll second what Kelly said. My daughter broke 2 bones in her hand and needed surgery. Dr. DeCamp did a great job on her and was very nice.

See an orthopedist, or general practitioner, but then go go see Dr. Kim Keeling, a certified sports chiropractor. My daughter, who is a competitive gymnast, saw her for an injury and the support and healing she received there was wonderful. It helped when nothing else really did. http://www.sportsandspinalwellness.com/

I damaged both hands in a fall down the back stairs. I've had one surgery & will have 4 more very soon. I recommend The Bone & Joint On Washington Ave. My Dr. Is the best!!!! Ask for Dr. Morse. He's the REAL DEAL!!!! I won't go to anyone else!!!! Good Luck? I hope you give him a chance? Sue, from Albany,NY

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