Dr. Shon specializes in orthopaedic surgery of the hand and upper extremities including wrist, elbow and shoulder. He has been lauded for his patient-centered approach and prioritizes listening to the patient when diagnosing and providing care. At the FSMD office, we believe in taking the time to build relationships with each patient, and ensuring that all of their questions are answered before they undergo a procedure. This method of treatment helps to ensure that healing phase happens as quickly as possible and that the patient learns what is needed to minimize further injury.
Hand Injuries, Conditions & Surgery
Our office specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. We are known for working with patients to provide them with recommendations on best course of treatment which often include a variety of options. Having worked in the field for more than 30 years, Dr. Shon is expert in treating a variety of hand conditions including
- Hand/finger Fractures - Hand Arthritis
- Sprains / Strains - DeQuervain’s
- Trigger finger
What are the different types of hand surgery?
Hand surgery is a broad term that covers many different types of procedures, which may be prescribed depending on the underlying case of the problem. Procedures include:
- Tendon repair
- Closed reduction and fixation
- Skin grafts
- Skin flaps
Wrist Injuries & Care
As one of the key areas we specialize in, Dr. Shon is expert in treating a variety of wrist conditions and injuries including
- Fractures - Arthritis
- Torn ligaments - DeQuervain’s
- Carpel Tunnel syndrome - Sprains / Strains
Many common injuries to the wrist are the result of sports activities like skateboarding or roller blading, but can occur from simply falling or doing repetitive motions. If you have injured your wrist, you may notice bruising or swelling 1-2 days after the injury you may need to be evaluated by a physician. We specialize in this area and can help provide the best care and remedy for your recovery.
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Elbow & Shoulder Injuries & Conditions
Dr. Shon also specializes in surgical repair of the Elbow and Shoulder. Injuries and conditions include
- Tennis Elbow - Medial Epicondylitis
- Rotator Cuff Tear - Frozen Shoulder
- Fracture Care - Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Arthritis - Sprains / Strains
Having pain in your elbow or shoulder? As the case with other joint or bone related injuries, if the injury is acutely painful and/or swelling persists, then it is best to see a specialist to treat the injury. The longer one waits the more severe the injury may become. Call us to make an appointment to get your evaluation today. We look forward to providing you the best in orthopaedic care.
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Comprehensive* Fracture Care
Fracture management can be divided into nonoperative and operative techniques. The nonoperative approach consists of a closed reduction if required, followed by a period of immobilization with casting or splinting. Closed reduction is needed if the fracture is significantly displaced or angulated.
If closed reduction is inadequate, surgical intervention may be required. Indications for surgical intervention include the following:
Failed nonoperative (closed) management
Unstable fractures that cannot be adequately maintained in a reduced position
Displaced intra-articular fractures (>2 mm)
Patients with fractures that are known to heal poorly following nonoperative management (eg, femoral neck fractures) 
Large avulsion fractures that disrupt the muscle-tendon or ligamentous function of an affected joint (eg, patella fracture)
Impending pathologic fractures
Multiple traumatic injuries with fractures involving the pelvis, femur, or vertebrae
Unstable open fractures, any type II or type III open fracture
Fractures in individuals who would poorly tolerate prolonged immobilization required for nonoperative management (eg, elderly patients with proximal femur fractures  )
Fractures in growth areas in skeletally immature individuals that have increased risk for growth arrest (eg, Salter-Harris types III-V)
Nonunions or malunions that have failed to respond to nonoperative treatment
(Source: emedicine.medscape.com (return to top of page)
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to visualize and treat problems inside a joint. The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, "arthro" (joint) and "skopein" (to look). The term literally means "to look within the joint."
In arthroscopic surgery, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient's skin, then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint.
By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision, rather than the larger incision needed for open surgery.
The camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee. This lets the surgeon see the cartilage, ligaments, and under the kneecap. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem, if it is necessary.
Comprehensive* Arthritis Care
Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. You may need to try several different treatments, or combinations of treatments, before you determine what works best for you.
Depending on the type of arthritis suspected, your doctor may suggest some one or more test which may include.
Imaging - x-rays, ultrasound
Treatment of arthritis may include medications to relieve pain and/or inflamation. Depending on your physicians recommendations, medication may or may not include disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Often used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, DMARDs slow or stop your immune system from attacking your joints.
* Comprehensive treatment indicates care provided by a Board Certified Physician with Sub-specialty Training
Steroid injections may be recommended for joint problems and rheumatoid arthritis. They also may be used for conditions affecting soft tissues, for example, like tendon inflammation or tennis elbow.
Steroid injections can be very effective but should be used with other treatments. There is also some evidence that steroid injections may be either completely ineffective or effective for just a relatively short period of time. Other treatments may include medicines for pain relief and physiotherapy, depending on the underlying condition. The side-effects from steroid are uncommon. However, the injected area may be sore for the first few days after the injection. (Source: Tidy, Colin, Patient.com, 2018) (return to top of page)
Total Joint Surgery
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic, or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.
Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow.
Anatomy: A joint forms where the ends of two or more bones meet. There are different types of joints within the body. For example, the knee is considered a "hinge" joint, because of its ability to bend and straighten like a hinged door. The hip and shoulder are "ball-and-socket" joints, in which the rounded end of one bone fits into a cup-shaped area of another bone.
Occupational therapy is commonly prescribed in our office for many hand injuries and conditions. We refer only to certified hand therapist with the credentials of CHT for your optimal care
A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity.
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Shon has been an athlete all his life and understands the issues and needs associated with sports injuries. He has years of experience working with physically active patients with musculoskeletal injuries. He is trained to address issues associated with sports – everything from joint pain to osteoarthritis to nutrition. Common hand and upper extremity sport injuries include acute injuries (i.e. muscle strains, shoulder/wrist injuries, fractures), and
overuse/degenerative injuries (i.e. Tennis elbow, Golfers elbow, arthritis, rotator cuff and other forms of tendonitis, stress fractures). If your injury is painful or swollen, please consider making an appointment so we can get you "up and running again!"
Physical therapy (also known as "PT") is care that aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better and may be effectively combined with orthopedic care. Physical therapists evaluate your condition and develop a care plan that guides your therapy. They may perform hands-on treatments for your symptoms. They also teach you special exercises to help you move and function better.
If you have a serious illness or injury, a PT won’t take the place of other doctors, but they will work with your doctors and other health care professionals to guide treatments. You’ll feel better and you’ll be more likely to get back full function in the area being treated, and in most cases, faster than without the guidance of a PT. Your orthopedic doctor will let you know if PT is warranted and may provide a list of qualified source.