I was referred by my PCP, in 2007, to see Dr. Smith (a fellow Arkansan!) for a large ganglion cyst in my left wrist joint. Dr. S, a man of few words, evaluated my wrist & felt surgery was my best option. I felt confident w/ his assessment & plan.
As an experienced patient, having had 15 various surgeries, I'm VERY selective when choosing a surgeon. I felt that Dr. S fit my expectations. He was considerate of my wish to postpone an operation until the end of my school semester. He helped control my pain until I was able to move ahead w/ the surgery.
At my post-op visit, he personally removed my stitches & instructed me on how to care for the incision so the scar would be minimally visible. It worked!
Because of our past success, I'm seeing Dr. S again. This time for steroid injections to treat bilateral tendonitis. In mid-May, my PCP diagnosed the source of my bilateral hand pain & numbness as tendonitis. Oral anti-inflammatories didn't work, so she referred me to Village Physical Therapy for hand therapy. I've had many experiences w/ PT & this was by far the WORST ever. I went for 5 "therapy" visits & saw a different, clueless, therapy assistant at each visit. I believe they worsened my condition. They'd have me do an exercise, then realize they hadn't instructed me properly or that they'd had me do a wrong exercise for my condition (sometimes pushing me to finish when the pain actually increased significantly during the exercise). I asked for take-home printouts of my exercises on 3 occasions, but was always given a lame excuse (even by a licensed PT). Hmm...I think they wanted to prolong therapy & keep getting paid.
My PCP & I agreed, it was time to go see Dr. Smith!