Hand And Wrist Pain Specialist

Matthew J Crawford, DO, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Austin, TX

The functioning of your hands and wrists requires coordination of many tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. If one or more of these components fail to work properly, you may struggle with everyday tasks. Dr. Michael J. Crawford, MD, PhD, offers diagnosis and specialized care for the structure of hands and wrists in his Austin, Texas practice. Call or schedule an appointment online today to restore the functioning of your hands and wrists.

Hand and Wrist Pain Q & A

What conditions require hand and wrist surgery?

A surgical approach for your hand or wrist condition is considered after all conservative, nonsurgical methods have been exhausted. A variety of conditions affecting the hands and wrists may require surgery, including:

  • Sports-related injuries to hands and wrists
  • Arthritis 
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Nerve problems
  • Hand and wrist fractures
  • Arthroscopy


As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Crawford can perform any hand and wrist surgery you may require, but surgery is always a last resort. You’ll receive a comprehensive examination and diagnosis when you schedule an appointment with the practice. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of surgical and nonsurgical hand and wrist treatment and help determine the best treatment option for your situation.


How do I know if I need hand or wrist surgery?

A fracture of the hand or wrist that requires surgery is different from a hand or wrist injury that requires surgery, but how do you know if you need surgery? Contact Dr. Crawford immediately if you have an injury of your hand or wrist. Surgery may be needed if:

  • Bones pierce your skin
  • Bones are fractured or shatteredRange of motion is affected
  • Fingers are numb


If surgery is necessary, Dr. Crawford will schedule your appointment and help you plan for the procedure and recovery process.


What is the recovery process for hand and wrist surgeries?

Recovery from hand or wrist surgery can take four to six weeks. After surgery, your doctor will provide detailed instructions for after-care, including the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method of treatment. You’ll likely receive a list of exercises to maintain the range of motion of your arm while your wrist or hand heals to keep your joints and muscles healthy as you recover. In addition to properly caring for your hand or wrist at-home, you may require physical therapy after surgery.

If you’ve lost range of motion of your hand or wrist, experienced a sports injury, accident, or fall, give Dr. Crawford a call, or use the online booking tool to learn more about your options for hand and wrist care.

Learn More