Specialized Orthopedic Hand and Wrist Care

You rely on your hands and arms every day to perform basic activities like typing an email, brushing your hair or holding hands with someone you love. When your hands, wrists, elbows or shoulders are unable to function properly due to a traumatic injury, overuse, sports injury or degenerative condition, it’s important to accurately diagnose your specific condition and begin effective treatment as soon as possible.

With specialized care for hand and wrist conditions, our team at University Hospitals is dedicated to restoring anatomy, relieving chronic pain and preserving normal motion and function of your hands and wrists. We use some of the most technologically advanced treatments for our patients, many of which are available through UH specific research and clinical trials. Our team is contributing to the advancement of care through various research projects including investigating implant strength and durability, improved techniques in reconstruction of arthritic joints and microvascular bone transfers.

Highly-Trained Specialists Provide Hand and Wrist Treatment for Athletes

For athletes, the most common hand or wrist injury occurs when an outstretched hand breaks a fall, but overuse injuries from repetitive motion are more often why athletes are sidelined.

UH hand and wrist sports specialists have the advanced training to care for any sports injury or issue. With fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery, our hand and wrist experts treat even the most complex issues, including traumatic injuries of the hand and wrist or reconstructive microsurgery. Our sports medicine orthopedic team also offers minimally invasive arthroscopic hand surgery that offers less pain, smaller incisions and a faster recovery to get athletes back in the game.

Expertise in Basic and Complex Hand and Wrist Conditions

Our specialized hand and wrist team are experts in diagnosing and treating a wide range of basic and complex hand and wrist conditions including:

  • Acquired compression neuropathies, bone and soft tissue neoplasms, Dupuytren’s contractures
  • Acute traumatic injuries (fractures, dislocations; tendon, nerve, and vascular disruptions)
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Congenital anomalies
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Hand or wrist sports injuries
  • Neuromuscular disorders, including cerebral palsy
  • Overuse conditions
  • Post-traumatic and arthritic deformities
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears
  • Trigger finger
  • Wrist injury / sprain

Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment Options

The majority of hand and wrist conditions can be treated with conservative treatments. Our hand and wrist specialists will start by recommending one or a combination of non-surgical treatments such as medications, injections, rest, splints, activity modifications or hand therapy.

If these treatments do not resolve your condition, our skilled surgical team can provide appropriate surgical options, including arthroscopic surgery or microvascular hand surgery. In addition, our team has the experience necessary for reconstruction of congenital abnormalities and complex post traumatic conditions.

After Hand Surgery Rehabilitation Programs

Regardless of whether you undergo a conservative or surgical treatment such as arthroscopy, rehabilitation for a hand or wrist condition is essential. It will help restore function, enhance your participation in sports and daily life and prevent injuries or impairments.

After conducting a thorough evaluation and gaining a complete understanding of your specific condition as well as environmental factors that may contribute to your pain and discomfort, our rehabilitation team will work together to design a personalized rehabilitation program.

Your rehabilitation plan may include activity modifications, functional activity training, custom splinting, manual therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and additional exercises to strengthen the area.

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