Complexly designed with an intricate network of nerves, muscles, tendons, and bones, hands are those amazing tools none of us would want to live without. Often taken for granted, hands are used in almost everything we do—from eating to dressing, writing, playing music, creating art, and so many more of our daily activities. We depend on the seamlessly orchestrated function of joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction to do these activities. When an accident or problem occurs involving the hand, almost everything we do is affected.

Hand surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical methods for treating conditions and injuries of the hands. At Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, we successfully treat most problems of the hands non-surgically, including carpal tunnel, tendonitis, arthritis, sprains, ganglions and fractures. When problems fail to respond to non-surgical methods, a minimally invasive surgical procedure may help. With minimally invasive surgical procedures, there is very little “down time.” Tendon and nerve lacerations, crush injuries, and severe soft tissue injuries usually require immediate surgery. Our fellowship trained hand specialists, Dr. Sasha Ristic and Dr. Patrick Messerschmitt, are experienced in the treatment of all forms of hand and wrist disorders.