UH Hand and Upper Extremity Specialists Provide Innovative Care to Restore Function

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 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 pain and preserving normal motion and function of your hands and wrists. We use some of the best, 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.


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
  • Neuromuscular disorders, including cerebral palsy
  • Post-traumatic and arthritic deformities
  • Trigger finger
  • Overuse conditions

Conservative and Surgical Treatment Options

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

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

Additional imaging that may be used for diagnostic or monitoring may include:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging techniques, such as Single Sequence MRI scanning
  • Ultra-high-speed, high-resolution CT scanning
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound

Personalized Rehabilitation Programs

Regardless of whether you undergo a conservative or surgical treatment, rehabilitation for a hand or wrist condition is essential. It will help you restore function, enhance your participation in 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.


Learn More About Our Services for Hand and Wrist Conditions

If you would like more information on services provided by our board-certified and fellowship-trained hand and wrist specialists, please contact us today at 216-844-7200 or use our Online Request Form. We’ll help you find a convenient location near you.