You. Improved.

Active in research and development of new techniques and treatments, the Hand and Wrist physicians at OrthoCarolina often set the bar nationally for care. Since we see more than 50,000 patients annually, we have a level of experience unmatched in the region.

Our comprehensive team treats conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist and hand fractures, arthritis of the hand and wrist, stiff and painful hand problems, poor circulation of the hand or fingers, numbness, tingling and nerve problems, trauma to the hand, including sprains and lacerations, work-related injuries, and recreational and sports-related injuries.

    ‘First in the world’ artificial hand allows individual fingers to move

    A North Carolina man who lost three fingers in an industrial accident more than a year ago can now move individual fingers on his prosthetic hand thanks to an innovative surgery by two OrthoCarolina hand surgeons.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    OrthoCarolina Doctors Pioneer New Amputee Surgical Technique

    OrthoCarolina hand surgeons Glenn Gaston, M.D., and Bryan Loeffler, M.D., pioneer a targeted muscle reinnervation surgical procedure to help amputee patients like shark attack victim Tiffany Johnson.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Doctors Miraculously Give A Shark Attack Victim A New Arm

    In this web extra, meet the doctors who are giving her a prosthetic arm so she can return to life and her routines.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Bursitis: What Roofers, Plumbers, and Football Players Need to Know

    For centuries, people with physically demanding occupations have been known to be prone to developing large, swollen knees and elbows, especially after a serious bump or bruise. Originally dubbed “miner’s elbow” and “handmaid’s knee”, these conditions are now known to be varieties of bursitis, the inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that limits friction between the skin and a joint such as the knee or elbow.

    Read More
    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Knee

    Gaston and Loeffler honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research

    Dr. Glenn Gaston and Dr. Bryan Loeffler were recently honored by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) for their research on advancements in upper extremity amputee care at the 2017 AAOS Meeting in San Diego, CA.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Charlotte Surgeons Complete First Prosthetic Hand with Individual Finger Control

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    North Carolina Mom of 3 Who Fought Off Shark While on Vacation Speaks Out: ‘I Remember Pulling My Arm Out of His Mouth’

    Tiffany Johnson remembers every second of the shark attack that took most of her right arm.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient

    Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb. This has been shown to be an effective way to cure or prevent neuroma pain (sometimes called "phantom" pain). The surgery also allows enhanced control of myoelectric (sometimes called "bionic") prostheses to perform new functions since there are more muscle signals available in the residual limb. For upper extremity amputees, this can mean far greater control of the elbow, wrist, and hand when using a myoelectric prosthesis.

    Read More
    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Patient (Video 2)

    Targeted muscle re-innervation (TMR) is a surgical procedure which involves transferring amputated nerves to activate the remaining muscles in the limb.

    Read More
    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Adjusting To Life After Shark Attack

    Friday will mark three weeks since Tiffany Johnson lost her arm in a terrifying shark attack in the Bahamas.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Tiffany Johnson, Dr. Bryan Loeffler and WBT 1110am discussing her positive future

    Dr. Bryan Loeffler from OrthoCarolina discussing the revolutionary outcome and amazing future for Tiffany Johnson via her targeted muscle reinnervation surgery.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Research and Presentations

    Ongoing research for Targeted Muscle Reinnervation and Muscle Transfer for Independent Digit Control

    Read More
    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    NASCAR: Spike in Hip, Wrist Injuries

    Femoral acetabular impingement and hook of hamate injuries are on the rise in NASCAR pit crews according to new research presented at the 2017 NASCAR Summit in Concord, North Carolina, on January 10, 2017.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Hip

    A New Technique Biceps Tenodesis

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    Top Achievements in Charlotte Medicine 2015 - Glenn Gaston

    In an effort to improve the quality of care available in their community, these doctors are making Charlotte a leader in medical research, training, and education

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Shoulder

    A Helping Hand: Meet Sarah Blanchard, Occupational Therapy Hand Resident

    National Hand Therapy Week

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    Occupational Therapy: What to Know

    April is National OT Month

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / General Orthopedics / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    A Helping Hand: How Occupational Therapy Helps Patients with Artificial Limbs

    In occupational therapy, we often work with prostheses, or artificial devices that replace a part of the human body that may have been lost due to trauma or accident, congenital conditions or other reasons.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    April is National Occupational Therapy Month

    I’m an occupational therapist, and it’s somewhat ironic that spring coincides with National Occupational Therapy Month in April...

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    Treating Position-Specific Injuries in NASCAR: Upper Extremities

    Fast fact: As of 2013 there were 3,000 published injury studies on football, 1,000 each on baseball and basketball, 140 on bowling, 43 on arm-wrestling and 7 on tug-of-war. NASCAR injury studies? There were 3.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow

    What is Hand Therapy?

    As a specialty practice of occupational and physical therapy, hand therapy focuses on orthopedic conditions that affect the upper extremities (hands and arms).

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Physical & Hand Therapy / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Physical Therapy / Fitness & Training / Fitness & Training

    New treatments for Dupuytren's contracture

    One in ten Americans will have Dupuytren's contracture, so many of us will have a friend or family member affected by it.

    Read More
    Blogs & News / Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Hand, Wrist & Elbow