your Specialist in conditions

 

of the arm & hand

 
 

Simon Richards

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing in Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset.

The Patients Info section gives an overview of the Orthopaedic conditions which I treat. This is not a comprehensive guide but purely a site to gain further information either before or after a consultation. The information is not intended to replace a face to face consultation.  Consultations involve a discussion about the history of your presenting complaint, and an examination of the area affected. Further investigations, if required, can be carried out i.e x-ray, nerve tests, MRI/CT scans etc. Only after this can a diagnosis be made, questions answered and treatment options proposed. This will be tailored to each individual case. This is the best way to make an informed decision on the treatment options for an individual patient.

The General Practitioners section gives information on the diagnosis of these Orthopaedic conditions and what treatment(s) can be started in Primary Care, and when referral onto the Orthopaedic team is relevant.

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Trauma to the Arm

Trauma to the extremity can cause bruising, fracture, bleeding, a crush injury, or sprain. Underlying structures such as tendon, nerves, ligaments or blood vessels can also be damaged. I have many years experience in treating conditions caused to the arm, wrist and hand through everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.
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Arthritis in Arms, Wrists or Fingers

I specialise in treating finger, thumb base and elbow arthritis with a range of surgical procedures that can give patients with persistive symptoms a great deal of relief. There are a number of different operations available to surgeons for these conditions, but the choice is complex. With many years experience in this area, I will be able to discuss your treatement options with a high-level of knowledge into which would be best for you.
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Nerve Damage to the Arm

There are a number of different conditions caused by damaging nerves in the arm, the most common of which include Ulnar Nerve Entrapment (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome). The surgical treatment for this condition is straightforward, and you will often get discharged the same day as your surgery, although it can be a long time until you are fully recovered. If you are suffering from nerve damage I have a highly successful treatment plan that can be personalised for your particular condiiton or injury.
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Tendons

Tendon injuries can often be treated with rest and painkillers at home, and will usually get better in a few weeks. However, if your symptoms are severe then there are surgical procedures that I offer which can significiantly improve your condition. If you find yourself suffering from a serious tendon injury then I am available to talk through all of the options for treatment.
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