Your Orthopedic Care Is in Good Hands
When you consider the variety of work they do, it’s no wonder that hands and wrists are some of the most complicated areas in orthopedics with some of the most delicate and challenging surgeries. We use our hands to write, type, play instruments, work with tools and feed ourselves – and that’s just the beginning. And yet, as patients, we often dismiss hand pain or put off addressing it until it becomes unbearable. At Columbus Community Hospital you don’t have to – thanks to the diagnostic and surgical skills of Ian Crabb, M.D.
“Little Problems” with a Big Impact
According to Dr. Crabb, conditions like carpal tunnel and tendonitis are common, but are often pushed aside. “People often regard these as minor inconveniences, but they have a big impact on people’s lives,” Dr. Crabb said.
Common problems include numbness preventing sleep, pain with gripping, and contracture or locking of the fingers. These problems affect all areas of activity, including work.
Injuries of the hand are common workplace-related injuries, whether occurring as the result of overuse or trauma. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries to upper extremities are among the most common in the workplace, with hand injuries accounting for 40 percent of those injuries. Trauma, such as fractures and explosions, are also often the result of workplace injury. “All of these injuries, from the common to the complex, can be addressed here in Columbus,” Dr. Crabb said.
Treating the Whole Patient
Though Dr. Crabb is specially trained in orthopedic treatment of the wrist and hand, his experience caring for workers’ compensation cases has taught him that his patients’ problems are often not isolated to the site of their injuries.
“It’s an orthopedic problem, but it impacts the whole person– personally, emotionally and financially,” Dr. Crabb continued, “If we do not address the issues that go along with their injury, we aren’t treating them fully.” Dr. Crabb and the other orthopedic specialists at the hospital work closely to help patients coordinate care and navigate the complex process of workers’ compensation.
Growing Orthopedic Capabilities
The gradual expansion of the Orthopedics Department to include more specialists like Dr. Crabb means that the department can handle more cases of all types locally. These physicians meet to discuss cases and share insights, sharing their experience and expertise. “We can serve our community better by working together and keeping patients closer to home,” Dr. Crabb said.
If pain, soreness or injury of your wrist or hand are limiting your ability to work or enjoy hobbies, Dr. Crabb suggests you talk to your primary care provider about a referral to an orthopedic specialist. There’s no reason to live with pain that can be treated and relieved here in Columbus.
Dr. Crabb has been practicing orthopedics for more than 25 years and has developed a special interest in the complex problems of the hand and wrist. He started seeing patients in October 2017 with the Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic.