January 2, 2013

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Think about how much you use your hands. From grasping, throwing and lifting to writing, texting, cooking and driving, our hands are constantly in motion, which makes them susceptible to injury as well as everyday wear and tear.

 “When your hands hurt, every part of your life is affected,” said Scott Ciaccia, DO, CAMC’s only orthopedic hand and upper extremity specialist. “Although non-surgical methods are often the first line of treatment, surgery may be necessary to improve a person’s function and overall quality of life.”

Common problems of the hand and upper extremity include pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling and loss of dexterity. This can lead to loss of function and the inability to perform duties at work, the loss of enjoyment that comes from hobbies, and even the inability to perform basic activities of daily living.  Common causes include carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, painful cysts, trigger fingers, inflammation of the tendons, and a host of arthritic conditions. Sometimes, however, these problems are caused by more serious and complex conditions.

 “The anatomy from the wrist to the fingertips is quite complex, which is what makes hand surgery very intricate – it’s like working on a watch,” Ciaccia said. “Certain surgeries are so delicate a surgical microscope is needed to repair tiny blood vessels and nerves.”

 Ciaccia sees patients of all ages with varying injuries and conditions.

“We see everything from simple sprains and strains to profound injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, power tools and heavy machinery use,” Ciaccia said. “We also see overuse syndromes with musicians and athletes, as well as degenerative conditions like arthritis.”

Ciaccia’s expertise includes the latest, minimally-invasive surgical procedures for many common surgical ailments to result in a faster, less painful recovery period.  Procedures range from mini-open carpal tunnel release to percutaneous fracture fixation to arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

Ciaccia received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. He attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing a five-year residency in general orthopedics, he pursued additional training in hand and upper extremity care. His fellowship training was undertaken at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, KY. After completing his fellowship in August 2012, he joined the Orthopedics practice at CAMC General Hospital.

“I chose to come here because I like the energy of the young orthopedic surgeons working at CAMC and the cutting-edge treatments available here,” Ciaccia said.  “Having the opportunity to relieve pain and restore function is why I chose this career and why I love what I do.”

Ciaccia’s primary focus is treating conditions of the hand and upper extremity. He also focuses on injuries and chronic conditions of the shoulder and elbow. When appropriate, he uses arthroscopic and other minimally-invasive techniques in these regions to speed recovery. Ciaccia also does general orthopedic care, including the treatment of various lower extremity injuries and chronic conditions.

Dr. Ciaccia is accepting new patients. For more information call CAMC Orthopedics at (304) 388-7700.

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