Northland Hand Surgeon Offers Expertise
Primary care physicians now have an additional resource for patients with upper extremity issues. Jeffrey Bradley, MD an orthopedic surgeon with Drisko, Fee & Parkins, is one of just a few fellowship-trained hand surgeons in the Northland. He specializes in trauma, reconstruction, and disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder and has a special interest in the fine motor skills from the elbow to the fingertip. He provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, peripheral nerve decompression and stenosing tenosynovitis, as well as more complex indications such as infection, joint arthroplasty and joint arthrodesis.
Dr. Bradley says, “Whether it’s the first complaint of an injury or a recurring problem, I’d like to help.” Often, he consults on patients who have not responded to traditional treatment methods such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications. “Hand surgery has a wide depth and a variety of pathology, and there are many different ways to treat upper extremity complaints.”
“Physicians do not need to wait until they’ve exhausted all treatment options before requesting a consult."
Dr. Bradley’s practical and pragmatic approach to treating patients is part of his practice philosophy. “I break the problem down to its basic groove, listen to the patient’s complaints, look at the imaging and fashion a way to put it all together. Conservative treatment is always my first step.”
Accessibility also plays a significant role in Dr. Bradley’s practice. “I am available to consult on treatment, or visit with a patient upon first presentation,” he says. Because timely treatment may mean only conservative measures are required, Dr. Bradley strives to accommodate patients, often scheduling an appointment on the same day a call is made.
Dr. Bradley was drawn to hand surgery as a subspecialty because of its artistry and the opportunity to perform soft tissue procedures within the orthopedic realm. “Hand surgery affords me the ability to perform more soft tissue procedures, be creative, think outside the box and solve complex upper extremity issues,” he explains. “It also allows me to focus on one region of the body but still have the variety that is inherent in that intricate area.”
Jeffrey Bradley, MD
Dr. Bradley earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency with Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in affiliation with Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI, and completed a Hand, Upper Extremity and Microsurgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Indianapolis, IN.
He is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), and the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS). He also is involved with the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).
To learn more, call 816.561.3003.