Dr. Raymond Raven

Hand Surgery
Burbank , CA
26 years experience male

Locations

Ray Raven MD

Burbank , CA

Address

2625 West Alameda Dr, Suite 116, Burbank , CA
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My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

8188415974

Insurances accepted

Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Raven is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. He has Certificates of Added Qualifications in both Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine - one of only a few surgeons in California with this distinction. Dr. Raven is managing partner of Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists, where his practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurovascular conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand in children and adults. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the USC where he teaches residents anatomy and state-of-the-art surgical techniques. Other surgeons refer patients to Dr. Raven to correct complications from old injuries and failed surgery.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hand Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, Hawaii

Languages spoken

Armenian

Doctor Q&A

228 Answers
75 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
If symptoms persist.: Symptoms from thumb basal joint arthritis can wax and wane and are often activity related. If symptoms develop after rigorous activity, try temporary... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
TRAUMA & ARTHRITIS: Wrist pain can be caused by: trauma, such as sprains and fractures, can usually be diagnosed by history, examination and x-ray- although MRI or ct sc... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Several: Hand tumors can be primary (originate in the hand) or secondary (spread from a distant site). They can be benign or malignant (cancerous). Most hand ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Motion first then...: Once your symptoms start to improve, you should start trying to increase your motion, but gently. Increase the motion as tolerated. Once you have re... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Gradual improvement: These days, recovery from carpal tunnel surgery is quite easy and rapid. Most patients are typing and performing routine activities the same or the n... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
See a hand surgeon: In the early stages, an acute paronychia can be effectively treated with hot saline (salt) water soaks. Antibiotics and surgery is rarely needed. In ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
See your doctor: Pain after surgery is common, but it is usually minimal and temporary. If you are having prolonged or sever pain after carpal tunnel surgery (differe... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends on severity: Ligament injuries of the hand/wrist, as with all joint injuries, are classified as "sprains." time to healing depends on the severity of injury and t... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
See a hand surgeon: Uncomplicated tendonitis should resolve after a few weeks of rest, ice, and rehabilitation. If your symptoms persist beyond that time, you may have a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
No: Symptoms from carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling, and pain. Symptoms usually occur during the night or in the morning but can happen d... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Other symptoms?: Although itching can be caused allergies, compression neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome should also be considered if you have numbness and/o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends on you: If your symptoms are the result of an incident (injury) you recall, you might have sprained the joint. This may likely heal with rest and a period of... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
It depends...: In my practice, i allow patients to return to routine activities of daily living the same day of surgery. I encourage typing and light gripping immed... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Several : Pain, swelling, deformity, tenderness, limited motion, painful motion. I you are at all concerned, see a hand specialist.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Trigger finger?: Your description is somewhat vague, however it sounds like trigger finger. If you have had injections with only temporary relieve, you might be a can... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Nerve irritation: Tingling anywhere in your body is often due to irritation of a nerve. Tingling in the thumb can be the result of irritation of a nerve at the neck (c6... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: Hand swelling can be caused by several conditions including injuries, arthritis, circulatory problems, tendonitis and other inflammatory conditions. I... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: Wrist popping or clunking is very common. Some of us (myself included)are predisposed to this because of our anatomy and congenital development. Oth... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Ask a specialist: Your condition seems somewhat complex. But surgery can possibly help. Question is, what surgery. I recommend you see a hand specialist for evaluation... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Probably: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) results from increased pressure within the carpal (wrist) tunnel. The increased pressure can cause compression of the me... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Unlikely: All though injuries to the hand fingers and thumb can cause localized numbness, it is unlikely for a thumb injury to cause numbness in the upper arm. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: Tfcc injuries (a form of wrist sprain) can take some time to heal. Sometimes they do not heal. If you still have symptoms after 4 months of treatme... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Other symptoms?: Hand pain and twitching can be caused by nerve, muscle and/or joint conditions. Details about your symptoms, such as when they started and what makes... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: Certain finger and hand (metacarpal) fractures are stable enough for sport, as long as the injury is adequately protected (brace, splint or buddy tapi... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Possible ganglion: Your description is quite vague. But it sounds like you might have a volar wrist ganglion, aka ganglion cyst. Google it for more information or see ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Anything is possible: But unlikely. Ganglions are filled with mucin, which is similar to synovial fluid found in joints. When they "pop" the fluid goes into the surroundin... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Yoga: Yoga is a great exercise after hip or knee replacement surgery. Ask your doctor when can can start.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Practitioners: Practitioners with wrist pain during yoga often benefit from load bearing on cliched/gripped fists.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
You: You don't have to be flexible to take-up and benefit from yoga. You just have to do it.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
See a doctor: The symptoms you describe might resolve spontaneously. However, you symptoms are consistent with cervical nerve root impingement. Therefore, it woul... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
More detail: It is difficult to make recommendations to someone with a hand condition without evaluating them. It is impossible to do so without any detailed info... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
More detail: Are you having pain? Is it locking or just stiff? Do you have any numbness or tingling? Do you have any medical problems such as diabetes? Are you... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Find out why: Wrist pain during or after exercise can be caused by something simple, such as tendonitis. However, more complex conditions should be ruled out. Con... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Of course: Any martial arts technique executed a certain way has the potential to result in serious bodily injury, including bone fractures. Be careful and trai... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
6-12 weeks: I recommend continued buddy strapping during at-risk sports for 6-12 weeks after injury. Better safe than sorry. Remember to get those hands up in a... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: The symptoms you describe could be due to irritation of a peripheral nerve, such as the median nerve which is decompressed during carpal tunnel surger... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Yes : See a doctor. What might appear to be a simple dislocation might be a complex injury, such as a fracture dislocation. See a doctor for x-ray and exam... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Could be bad: If your finger remains dislocated for a prolonged period of time, it may be impossible to reduce without surgery. Long term complications can result.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
See a doctor: You could be suffering from carpal tunnel or another condition that compressive a nerve. The development of carpal tunnel symptoms include many factor... Read More
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A 68-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
May be true: Tennis elbow symptoms usually resolve in a year. If treatment doesn't include stretching and strengthening programs, symptoms often recur. Steroid in... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
A nerve disorder...: ... In which a nerve is "entrapped" or "compressed, " usually at a well documented anatomic location. This most commonly occurs at the wrist (carpal ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Second opinion: Although carpal tunnel syndrome can recur after carpal tunnel surgery, it's rare. Therefore, if you have "recurrent" symptoms after surgery, be sure ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Need evaluation: Snowboard injuries can be simple (sprain) or complex (fracture or ruptured ligament). Persistent pain after a fall on an outstretched hand could be a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Ortho docs are cable (and often interested) in treating hand fractures, most of which can be treated without surgery. However, there are specific han... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Intention tremor: An intention tremor occurs when the hand is moving and stops when the hand is still. It can be caused by a variety of neurological disorders, as well... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Not completely known: Hand swelling during exercise is common. Exercise increases blood flow to your heart and lungs but reduces blood flow to your hands, making them coole... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Debatable: Most people who develop carpal tunnel syndrome are probably genetically predisposed to the condition, while others develop the condition in response t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Many causes: Some causes of random hand and finger numbness include cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve at the neck), thoracic outlet syndrome (pinched nerve or ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Not necessarily: Ganglions are benign (non cancerous) masses that can develop around tendons, ligaments and joints. Treatment is indicated when the cyst is associated... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Not likely: Although rupture cysts can cause temporary pain and discomfort, the "nerve damage" they might cause would be minor and should resolve spontaneously wi... Read More
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Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

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Thank you notes
Dr. Raven is a well-respected hand surgeon. He is actively involved in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, as well as studying new treatments for Dupuytren's disease, and teaching. I recomme...Read More
Apr 9, 2016
Dr. Raven has operated on several of my patients and I can tell you that you are in good hands with Dr. Raven. Fortunate to have you in out community.
Jul 8, 2012
Very impressive profile.
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thank you, i took antibiotics for 10 days, swelling went down but still has redness and now nail is growing out you can see the disfigurment that infection caused and begining to become soar on the si...Read More
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Thank you. I am only 21and I have neverbeentold I have arthritis so I will see a doctor tomorrow if it still feels this bad. I tried icing and bandaging but it hurts to have the bandage on it. thanks ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My husb.Hands swell and fall asleep nightly he can't sleep.Went to dr.No help.Whatcanido.He needs something where do I get help?Please ideas

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

UCSF MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Dean’s Fellowship, UCI
Young Leaders, ASSH
S.O.F.C.O.T. International Traveling Fellowship

Affiliations

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