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Medical School

East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)


Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)


The Hand Center of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)

Physicians: Travis Farmer, MD
Appointment: 912-644.5300       -    Fax: 912-644-5256

Distal Radius Fracture (Broken Wrist)
Dupuytren’s Disease
Nerve Injuries of the Hand
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand
Scaphoid Fractures
Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tears


Biceps Tendonitis (at the Elbow)
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
Radial Tunnel Syndrome

Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
Triceps Tendonitis
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury


Cubital Tunnel Release at the Elbow
Medial Epicondylectomy
Radial Tunnel Release at the Elbow
Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the Elbow


Biceps Tendonitis
Proximal Humerus Fracture
Rotator Cuff Tear


Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Repair
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
Rotator Cuff Repair 

Subacromial Decompression
Biceps Tenodesis
Total Shoulder Replacement

Hand surgeons will often recommend nonsurgical options to restore movement and reduce or eliminate pain, such as hand therapy, which is a combination of physical and occupational therapy.

Some injuries and conditions, however, require surgery to heal, including severed or compressed nerves and tendons, complex fractures, or severe arthritis.

Travis Farmer, MD is an orthopedic surgeon with specialty training in hand, wrist and upper extremity disorders.

As an Optim Orthopedics physician he provides consultation and treatment for adult and pediatric patients with a variety of problems ranging from fractures from the finger to the shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, arthritis, sports injuries, elbow injuries, and many more.

Dr. Farmer received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee, before then going on to complete a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center prior to attending medical school at East Tennessee State University. 

During this time, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received awards for his surgical clerkship experience. His orthopedic surgery residency training brought him to Loma Linda University in southern California, where he published papers on post-operative pain control, analgesia, and the effects of local anesthetics on cartilage. He completed further specialized training in surgery of the hand and upper extremity at the prestigious Hand Center of San Antonio where he worked with renowned hand surgeon Dr. David Green.

What Is A Hand Specialist?

A hand specialist is an orthopedic doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders in the hand, wrist, and forearm. They have a profound understanding of the complex networks of blood vessels, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones that make up the hand and fingers. They can work with individuals of all ages who have a hand injury or condition, are experiencing problems with mobility and function, or who have ongoing pain.

Some hand conditions and injuries are short-term and will go away on their own with rest, but others may require further treatment. Contact your hand specialist if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort, even while resting the hand

  • Ongoing pain and/or stiffness when you start an activity

  • A reduced range of motion in the hand, wrist, and/or fingers

  • A weak grip or difficulty when holding an item

  • Pain, redness, or swelling that gets worse with activity

  • Pain that extends to the elbow

  • Tingling or numbness in your fingers or hand

  • Loss of muscle tone in the hand

  • Everyday activities like brushing your hair cause pain or become difficult to do

  • Your symptoms don’t improve with rest

Some symptoms can indicate a serious condition, such as a fracture or dislocation, and require urgent treatment. This can include severe pain, swelling, bruising, an obvious deformity, and an inability to move your hand, wrist, or finger normally.

Treatment: Hand Conditions

Treatment can vary and will depend on the diagnosis and severity of the hand condition or injury. A hand doctor will often try to first treat the issue with non-surgical methods, such as hand therapy, splinting, medications, injections, and other modalities. Surgery may be recommended if non-surgical treatments fail to work successfully or if there has been significant damage to the hand that requires repair or reconstruction.


Surgical procedures can include tendon repair surgery, joint replacement and reconstruction, fracture repair surgery, nerve repair surgery, replantation of severed finger or hand, and surgical drainage for hand infections.


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