Dr. Steinberg Uses Advanced Tennis Elbow Surgery Techniques to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Robert Hair is a man of many and diverse interests. He loves to kayak and fish and participate in outdoor activity. He is proud of the business he built, creating custom leather products, which among other things, are used by the military community in mementos and specialized pieces. Over the years, he has had intermittent difficulty with right elbow, to the extent that he thought he might have to give up his beloved business. A physician was able to help through the use of injections, and then a surgery. More recently, Mr. Hair’s wife became a patient of Bruce Steinberg, M.D., specialist in upper extremities. “My wife had been treated very successfully by Dr. Steinberg for carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger, so it was a ‘no brainer’ that I would go to him as well when problems in my arm flared up again.” Specifically, Mr. Hair was experiencing numbness and tingling in his hand, achiness throughout the elbow region, difficulty sleeping because of the pain, and even occasionally dropping objects.
Upon examination and testing, Dr. Steinberg diagnosed Mr. Hair with elbow lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”) and carpal tunnel syndrome. “One of the things that I really appreciate about Dr. Steinberg is that he hears everything you say. He always takes as much time with me as I need, to understand my situation and to fully explain my options.” In this case, Dr. Steinberg treated Mr. Hair with injections of the elbow and the carpal tunnel. The injections were successful in relieving Mr. Hair’s symptoms.
However, while out fishing one day, Mr. Hair experienced what he describes as a “major breakdown” of his right arm. “I was out in my boat, completely relaxed, when I had a bite. While it was a small fish, probably no more than 10 lbs., it felt like everything in my arm was completely torn up.” Mr. Hair knew this situation was more serious than what he had experienced previously. At this point, Dr. Steinberg recommended that Mr. Hair undergo an endoscopic carpal tunnel release and tennis elbow surgery.
Mr. Hair is delighted to once again be participating in his favorite activities, including kayaking and fishing. “I’m not easily impressed, but Dr. Steinberg has certainly done so for me. Doctors have to work to pull information out of me. Dr. Steinberg made the effort, and I’m sure glad he did. I’m back to being able to do what I love, without pain. I am grateful for his good work.”
– Robert Hair