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Welcome to The Hand and Wrist Institute

The Hand and Wrist Institute is one of the region’s leading medical practices dedicated solely to the diagnosis, treatment and care of hand, wrist and upper extremity injuries, deformities and disorders. Under the direction of the highly-skilled Dr. John T. Knight, a board certified, Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience, the Hand and Wrist Institute seeks to find the best solution for each patient to bring life back to their hands.

While most patients benefit from conservative treatments, for those requiring surgery, the Hand and Wrist Institute uses the most current research and technologies with a minimally invasive approach resulting in a faster and less painful recovery period. Our ultra-clean state-of-the-art surgical center features advanced arthroscopic and endoscopic capabilities with all procedures performed on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Knight Launches Hand and Wrist TV

Hand and Wrist TV

Dr. Knight is doing what no other doctor has done before. He has created an online show dedicated to hand, wrist and upper extremity related news, injuries and conditions. The show will feature professional sports athletes, medical professionals, Q&A with viewers and interviews. Don't miss the first show on Mixed Martial Arts featuring World Champion fighter Georges St. Pierre. Watch Now >


The Hand and Wrist Institute offers virtually every hand, wrist and arm surgical procedure available. Browse our services which include the latest Stitchless Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release surgery.

Visit the Injuries and Syndromes section of our site for informative articles on the various wrist, hand and arm injuries and conditions. Remember that a doctor will need to diagnose your condition.

Where Does it Hurt?

Unsure of what injury or condition you have? Use our interactive new tool to learn more about your condition. Begin by clicking the image below.

Stitchless Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal Tunnel Release

Stitchless Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release (ECTR) Stitchless 10 minute surgery Minimal scarring and pain with 1 cm incision Local anesthetic No restrictions after 48 hours One week.
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Dr. Knight Treats Red Bull Athletes


Robbie Maddison is one of the top Motorcycle stunt riders in the world. In late 2010, his professional career took a turn for the worse, when he crashed and suffered and wrist injury. Dr. Knight was tasked with helping Robbie "Maddo" Maddison save his career. Read more >

Corey Bohan is a world renowned BMX rider and during the summer of 2011, he had a serious injury that left him broken and in need of the best medical attention available. See his story >

Dr. Knight on The Doctors TV

Doctor Knight on The Doctors TV

Trigger Finger Release Episode See Video >

Athroscopic TFC Debridement Procedure Episode See Video >

Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Episode See Video >

Mommy Thumb Episode See Video >

Arthritis Pain and Joint Replacement Episode See Video >

Dr. Knight in the News

Hayabusa Announces Dr. John T. Knight as Official Sports Doctor

Dr. Knight has entered a long term partnership with the # 1 MMA and Martial Arts performance equipment and apparel company, Hayubusa. Having treated countless mixed martial artists, boxers and other elite athletes, and being an active martial artist himself, Dr. Knight brings a wealth of sports-specific experience and is the ideal candidate for the role of Official Sports Doctor of Hayabusa. See Press Release >

Why I Became an Orthopedic Hand Surgeon

Soon after I began my orthopedic surgery training, I knew that my work as a carpenter and craftsman would be an asset in my development as an orthopedic surgeon. I soon developed a passion for the hand due to its intricate anatomy and the precision needed in repairing these structures. I found in learning microsurgery an amazing amount of skill had to be achieved to restore function to the severely injured hand well beyond my carpentry skills.

After developing one of the biggest hand and upper extremity practices in the Southern United States, I moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago to enjoy a different area of the country where I had originally performed my training. Over the past 13 years as a hand specialist in Los Angeles, I have developed a rapidly expanding practice. I strive to provide excellent and efficient care to all my local, national and international patients.

If you are looking for a hand specialist in Orange County or LA, I think you will be pleased not only with the care that I provide but also that of my staff. There are no long waits for appointments and once you are in my office, you will be seen promptly without a long wait despite a busy practice.

No matter which hand doctor you chose, make sure you are not just a number and that your concerns are met with compassion and are dealt with in a timely manner. I see many patients who have who have seen other doctors and when they leave, they frequently comment, “thank you for taking the time to listen”.