Hand and upper extremity care is a subspecialty of orthopaedics that covers conditions in areas of the body including the hands, wrists, elbows, fingers and arms. Pain and injury can result from trauma in the workplace or during recreational activities. Pain can also be the result of overuse, degenerative or acquired conditions.
Some common conditions we treat include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Tendon and nerve damage
- Bone fractures
- Ganglion cysts
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (radial styloid tenosynovitis)
- Dupuytren’s contracture (palmar fibromatosis)
Access Sports Medicine treats a variety of patients, including infants with congenital hand conditions, athletes with overuse injuries, workers with nerve issues and more mature patients with arthritis issues.
While most hand conditions are often the result of overuse, acute traumatic injuries require quick care to minimize the risk of deformity, permanent loss of function or the need for additional treatment.
Once seen and diagnosed by one of our hand and upper extremity doctors, treatment will depend entirely on the specific injury and condition.
Not all hand and upper extremity conditions require surgery – in fact, most can be treated with splinting, physical therapy, occupational therapy or even through simple lifestyle changes. However, traumatic injuries such as torn nerves or tendons and broken bones often need surgical treatment.