Orthopedic Associates
Dr. Robert R. Bell

Robert R. Bell, MD

Hand & Wrist Surgery
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Dr.Bell is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He has a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery from the combined of the University of Virginia and the American Sports Medicine Institute with Dr.F.C.McCue III and Dr.James Andrews. Dr.Bell specializes in treating orthopedic problems from the shoulder to the hand in adults. He has treated a wide array of work-related injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow during his twenty-plus years in practice and enjoyed a good working relationship with the case managers involved in those patients care. He has also served as team physician, dealing with upper extremity injuries, for universities in Texas, Virginia and Alabama.

Dr.Bell graduated from medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1989. He completed his surgical internship at the Medical College of Virginia and residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr.Bell had a busy hand surgery practice, with a large orthopedic group in Texas, from 1995 to 2015, before returning home to Missouri.

Dr.Bell has lectured at universities across the United States and around the World, including Austria and South Africa. He has been published in journal and book form, including chapters concerning sports-related injuries of the wrist and hand. He is on staff at Des Peres Square Surgery Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Dr.Bell is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Association of Hand Surgeons and has received recognition from several medical bodies in the United States.

To learn more about Dr. Bell, visit his website.

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Recent Posts

  • What are the Causes and Treatment Options of Carpal Tunnel? Posted last year
    By: Dr. Bell If you drive a desk for your job, you may know what it’s like to live with the pain of carpal tunnel. Even though many people are familiar with carpal tunnel, a lot of people are not quite sure exactly what causes carpal tunnel and what can be done to alleviate it. Let’s examine what causes carpal tunnel and what treatment options are available. What Causes Carpal Tunnel? The carpal tunnel is quite literally a tunnel that runs from your forearm to your hand. (NCBI) Inside the tunnel are your median nerve and nine tendons. The median nerve provides sensation for the front of your thumb, index, middle finger and parts of your ring finger. It also controls small muscles where your thumb connects to your palm. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a problem leads to pressure on the median nerve. (NCBI) This is why many patients with carpal tunnel experience pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected muscles. Some may also experience pain in their forearm between their hand and elbow. What Treatment Options Are Available for Carpal Tunnel? There are ...
  • St. Louis Cardinals Injury Report - April 2017 Posted last year
    By: Dr. Bell  Baseball is back in the Lou! After a long winter watching the Cubby Bears finally experience our familiar joy, our Redbirds are back to reclaim the title. With Opening Day kicking off on Sunday evening, we saw a fantastic showing by Carlos Martinez. It gives all of us in Cardinal Nation a good vibe for 2017. Our year will be even better as some of our favorite Cardinals recover on the disabled list. Here is a quick overview of which Cardinals are bouncing back from injuries: John Gant, SP Gant began the 2017 season on the 10-day disabled list. He pitched well during spring training before exiting the Cardinals’ March 25th Grapefruit League game with tightness in his right groin region. Team doctors later confirmed Gant suffered a strained groin muscle. The 24-year-old right-hander was acquired as part of the Jaime Garcia trade with Atlanta during the offseason. He is currently with the Cardinals’ Triple-A Memphis affiliate. Tyler Lyons, RP Lyons underwent surgery on his knee in November. He last pitched in meaningful games on July 30th, but he did return to ...
  • Common sports injuries: mallet finger Posted 2 years ago
    By: Dr. Robert Bell Have you ever seen a basketball player or quarterback jam their finger and the finger looks crooked? No, the finger isn’t broken or dislocated, but it’s obvious that the finger has an accordion-type shape from tip to hand. This is a condition called mallet finger and is more common than you might expect. Mallet finger occurs “when the tendon that straightens your finger (the extensor tendon) is damaged.” (ASSH) When a player’s fingers collide with a fast-moving basketball or a football helmet, forcible contact of the fingertip can tear the extensor tendon that helps straighten the finger. In some extreme cases, the force is strong enough to also detach some of the bone connected at the end of the extensor tendon. A torn extensor tendon renders the finger incapable of straightening on its own strength without the tendon’s support. Symptoms and signs of Mallet Finger A telltale sign of mallet finger is a drooping appearance of the fingertip. Additionally, concentrated pain, swelling, and even pooling blood under the fingertip are also often symptoms of mallet finger. Some patients who experienced ...
  • Should I be worried about the pain in my hand? Posted 2 years ago
    Dr. Bell Your hand hurts, but you don’t know why. Of course, it’s easy for our brains to go to the worst possible scenario: it’s probably broken and I’ll never be able to use my hand again. Now, we all know that’s a silly notion, but you can’t ignore pain, nor should you. Is it a numbing sensation? Do you feel ‘tingling’ in your fingers that starts at the palm of your hand? There may be an excellent answer to why your hand is in pain. A simple bump on a kitchen counter or a tabletop can cause some bruising that may last for a day or two. If you accidentally slept with your hand pinned under your body or your partner’s body, that can disrupt some of the blood flow for a short while. Gently massage the pain area and see if the pain subsides. If your hand continues to be in pain, you may want to consider other causes: Tendinitis can cause hand pain Repetitive motion, such as manual labor, manufacturing, and even typing on a keyboard with your wrists improperly ...
  • Why are athletes wearing tape on their bodies during the Summer Olympics? Posted 3 years ago
    By: Dr. Bell We love watching our favorite athletes don the beloved red, white, and blue in Rio. What may stand out to their appearance is that some athletes seem to be wearing some form of tape on their shoulders, backs, and legs. Strips of blue, black, yellow, and really any other color seem to be stretched across all visible parts of different athletes’ bodies. Why are Olympic athletes wearing tape, and how is that tape supposed to help? Of course, we should assume that there is some competitive explanation as to why certain athletes are wearing tape. So, what type of tape is it? It’s called kinesiology tape, or kinesio tape or KT as it’s often called, and it’s a cloth-based athletic tape that can be applied to sore or underperforming muscles to help alleviate pain and support better muscle function. The tape has a composition very similar to human muscles and responds to movement in like manner. Some athletes may have whole patterns, zigzags, and spider webs of the tape on their body, which may you wonder if there’s a ...
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