Introducing Dr. Gabriel Merlin

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system, including your joints and all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround your bones and help your joints move.

Your skeletal system is complex, to say the least. By the time you reach adulthood, you’ve got about 206 bones in your body. You start with more, close to 300 as a baby, but many of these bones naturally fuse as you mature.

Around 650 muscles affect the movement of your skeletal system, more if you count the muscle parts within muscles, such as the short and long heads of the biceps. Then there are all those tendons that join muscle to bone and ligaments that attach bone to bone. Orthopedists know about them all.

However, many orthopedists begin to focus on one portion of your skeletal system as they move on with their education and training. Some like hips. Others concentrate on knees. Still others prefer to work with your back. Dr. Merlin specializes in your upper extremities.

Dr. Merlin, the specialist

Dr. Merlin, who is fluent in Spanish, treats joint, bone, and soft tissue disorders that affect your hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. He’s an expert in work and sports-related injuries, nerve and vascular conditions, biologic injection therapy, and joint reconstruction and replacement.

So, you may need to see him when you have a complex wrist fracture, are experiencing nerve compression issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or you need to have your elbow replaced or reconstructed — yes, that’s possible these days.

He’s passionate about relieving pain and helping his patients reach their full potential following an injury or treatment for a long-term (chronic) issue, be they star athletes, working warriors, or plain ol’ regular people like most of us.

And although he’s a gifted and experienced surgeon, you can count on Dr. Merlin to use nonsurgical treatments whenever possible. But when surgery is your only option, he’s an excellent and trustworthy choice.

Dr. Merlin, the researcher, author, and speaker

As a postgrad and then a professional who is intent on helping future generations of physicians learn about his specialty, Dr. Merlin has participated in numerous research studies and co-published many informative pieces on topics such as:

He’s also been tagged over the years to speak at numerous physician conferences and has received multiple awards and public accolades from his peers.

Dr. Merlin, the guy

His wife and son keep him grounded — and maybe a little humble — as they enjoy family time and hiking together. Dr. Merlin is an avid snowboarder who doesn’t mind so much when the winter snow comes early and stays late. And he’s a runner who gets the desire to hit the trail regularly come rain or shine.

If you’re dealing with an upper extremity condition that requires a specialist’s attention, call the office or book your appointment online with Dr. Gabriel Merlin at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists.

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