Within Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group, we have a number of board-certified orthopaedic surgeons/physicians that are fellowship trained subspecialists in care of the hand and upper extremity. Our physicians look forward to providing you with the care you need to get you back to your baseline (or much improved) hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder function as soon as possible so that you can return to the activities that you enjoy most.

The hand and upper extremity is a unique area of the human body that is made up of bone, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, skin, and blood vessels. These elements must all be in good working order for the hand and upper extremity to function well. The relationship between all these structures is delicate and refined. An injury or disease can affect any or all of these structures and impair the use of the hand and upper extremity. A qualified hand surgeon is trained to diagnose and treat all problems related to these different structures in the hand, wrist, and forearm. Hand surgeons have received specialized additional training in the treatment of hand problems beyond their board certified specialty training in orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, or general surgery. Many hand surgeons also have expertise with problems of the elbow, arm, and shoulder. Some hand surgeons treat only children, some treat only adults and some treat both.

Common problems treated include:

  • Trigger finger
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Sports injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Fractures of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder

Other problems treated by hand surgeons include arthritis, nerve and tendon injuries, and congenital limb differences (birth defects). Not all problems treated by a hand surgeon need surgery. Hand surgeons often recommend non-surgical treatments, such as medication, splints, therapy and/or injections.