Dr. David Hildreth

Hand Surgery
Foreman, AR
46 years experience male

About

Bio

Training some of Houston's best orthopedic surgeons, Dr. David Hildreth is a renowned hand and elbow specialist offering patients the latest advances in orthopedics today. Specializing in upper limb and joint conditions, he has served as the lead investigator in studies changing the face of medical technology and treatment options for patients - from carpal tunnel syndrome , tennis elbow treatment and Dupuytren's Disease , to osteoarthritis and total joint replacement.

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Hand Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

41 Answers
79 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Usually a splint: There are only a few indications to operate on a mallet finger. Most mallet injuries are of the closed type and there is no bone injury(fracture). The... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
NSAIDs & warm soaks: If nsaids and warm water soaks fail to improve your hand see your local hand surgeon asap.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Initially yes: If your problem is acute ice is the way to go you might also try advil (ibuprofen) r naprosin after 24hrs heat may help if pain persist.... See your ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Gripping exercises: Toning your forearm muscles is all about gripping exercises a simple stress ball or sponge gripped a few times daily will improve your grip strength.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Probably: Using computers doesn't "cause" cts it may however aggravate existing cts i would advise working in ct splints and typing only 20-30 mins. Then taking... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Probably: Most wrist ganglions are asymtomatic. Occasionally pts. Will have symptoms described as a "aching pain" that occurs with use.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Any # of diagnosis: Isolated finger pain can be any number of diagnosis...From tendonitis to arthritis... If pain persist with rest you need to see a hand surgery special... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
3-6 months: If there is no fracture seen on x-ray and the joints are stable to ligament testing then sprains or soft tissue injuries of the thumb and fingers can ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Good surgery results: Ulnar shortening osteotomy is a successful way to treat ulnar side wrist pain from ulnar impaction... The procedure is fairly complex and usually req... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Could b # of problem: Cramps in the hand can be a result of a number of different problems carpal tunnel syndrome osteoarthritis of the base joint of the thumb tendonits... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Usually not: "tennis elbow" which is tendonosis of the lateral or outside of the elbow (the most common "tendonitis" of the elbow) usually doesn't cause any numbne... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
60-90 minutes: Depending of the type of procedure preformed for both the carpal tunnel and the fusion surgery will usually take less than 90 minutes.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Hand surgeon: Lumps and bumps of the hand and wrist are best evaluated by a fellowship trained hand surgeon.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Alot : A sprained thumb is a soft tissue injury of the ligaments about one or more of the joints of the thumb a broken thumb is a fracture of one or more of... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe: Depending on the site and the type of fracture it may improve over one yr. To close to normal the more complex the fracture the longer the time to ma... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
It can: A carpal tunnel splint is usually one of the first lines of treatment. However, if ct symptoms persist in-spite of splinting....You should be evaluate... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Could be tendonitis: Pain between the thumb and index finger could be wrist tendonitis, or possibly early thumb arthritis. Otc anti- inflammatory drugs may help. If pain... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Essential tremor: Sounds like you have an essential tremor... You should see a neurologist for evaluation and treatment.... It is treatable!
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Splints to tight: The redness and blisters need to be addressed...The splint is probably to tight....But to elevate correctly the elbow should be at the level or just a... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
No: You will need to take some time off or shift to a less strenuous position until you wounds heal and you motion and strength returns. This time frame ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Need a x-ray: If you haven't had a x-ray you need one usually fractures will heal in about 6wks. But the soft tissue injury associated with a fracture can take... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Usually: Carpal tunnel surgery can be performed successfully with general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, or local anesthesia. It's important the patient be ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Probably CTS: Your symptoms sound very much like exertional tendonitis with underling cts... You might try typing with a wrist cock-up splint( carpal tunnel splint... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Act. modification: Activity modification by using your mouse with the other hand, using a different finger, or just resting you facebook account for a while might help. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Up to 3 months: A nail bruise(subungual hematoma) may last for months there is no way to hurry the bodies healing process.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
No: Carpal tunnel affects the hands and wrist. Usually the symptoms of numbness, or tingling, and or pain occur at night but can occur with activities dur... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Probably: Fxs in the hand usually take 4-6 wks. To heal. However, the soft tissue injury around the fx can take more than double that time to.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Act. modification: It sounds like you have exertional tendonitis or possibly early so called trigger finger(another type of tendonitis) it could also be arthritis or a n... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Cubital tunnel synd.: Pain from the elbow to the small finger maybe symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome this is compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow you need to have... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Possibly: Intermittent pain after surgery is not uncommon for the first few weeks... The numbess is not normal if you didn't have the numbness prior to you sur... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Nrv compression : Previous ctr does not preclude you from recurrence .... However it is rare i would advise evaluation by a neurologist this eval.May include cervical... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Possible neuropathy: You should be evaluated by a neurologist for possible neuropathy.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Tendonits/CTS: This sounds like tendonitis of the index finger(maybe early trigger finger) and underlying carpal tunnel syndrome... You need to see a hand surgeon s... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Depends: If you've had your thumb x-rayed and the x-rays are neg. For a fracture and there are no instabilities of any of the thumb joints....Then i would begi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
No: Upper arm pain after ct surgery of any type is not normal my be a result of the type of anesthesia ( block) or from the tourniquet place on your arm. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Ganglion cyst: With no history of trauma this may be a ganglion cyst they sometimes present with pain on the back of the wrist and pain with wrist motion...Esp. Push... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Nsaids/tylenol: Over the counter analgesics my help but is sounds like your past this there are a number of causes of you elbow pain from lat./med. Epicondylosis to a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
May b carpal tunnel: Pain of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger may b cts. Usually the ring and small finger r not involved. If symptoms persist you should see yo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
When it bothers you: Wrist ganglions, tendon sheath ganglions(usually at the palmer base of the finger), and ganglions just proximal to the nail(sometimes called a mucus c... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Stop both meds.: Your having a mild allergic reaction to one or both meds. I would stop both meds., take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ( ask your pharmacist ) and see yo... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hildreth
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Peripheralneuropathy: Sounds like nerves are involved in some way it is possibly a peripheral neuropathy or a compression neuropathy. You need to see a neurologist for co... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hildreth is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hildreth is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I thought i had carpal tunnel but i have pain in my pinky and elbow and the medial nerve doesnt control the pinky so i was stumped! Thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Full recovery in 6-8 weeks? Full function? Tfcc is also being checked
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences
Graduated 1977MD

Awards

Super Doctors of Texas
H Texas Top Docs
Best Doctors in America

Affiliations

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand
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