Hand & Upper Extremity

Injuries of the hand are very common and can happen at any age. They can require multiple levels of treatment, from simple physical therapy alone to complex reconstructive surgery. Diseases such as arthritis and carpel tunnel syndrome also require specialized expertise to diagnose and treat efficiently and effectively to return the individual to optimal functioning. At UC Health, the hand specialists work closely with hand therapists to provide a personalized approach to each patient. They can treat those with routine conditions to the most severe cases.

The UC Health Hand & Upper Extremity program treats orthopaedic conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow that result from traumatic injuries or chronic conditions, including.

  • Hand pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Tendonitis (such as “tennis elbow”)
  • Fractures of the Hand, Wrist and Forearm
  • Sports Injuries
  • Congenital Hand Deformities
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Dupuytren Contracture
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Convenient Access to a Highly Qualified Team

The fellowship-trained physicians specialize in restoring hand, wrist and elbow function using both nonsurgical and highly advanced surgical techniques. UC Health hand and upper extremity specialists work closely with hand therapists and occupational therapists to provide a seamless treatment program for patients to restore strength and movement, and reduce pain. A patient may frequently see both the surgeon and the therapist in the same office visit.

If a patient needs additional specialized care, such as vascular or plastic surgery, the UC Health hand surgeon can access and coordinate care through the UC Health multidisciplinary team of the region’s leading physicians.

Serving as faculty members at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the UC Health hand & upper extremity specialists see patients at outpatient offices at multiple convenient locations including Clifton, Montgomery and West Chester. Surgeries may be performed at either University of Cincinnati Medical Center or West Chester Hospital.

Advanced Procedures Provide Faster Recovery

Advancements in the treatment of hand, wrist and elbow conditions is growing rapidly. UC Health orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists are at the top of their field in treating patients with the most complex issues with the most effective techniques.

UC Health hand specialists can treat Dupuytren Contracture with collagenase injections, a relatively new treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Using an enzyme, the treatment softens and weakens the diseased cords of tissue that cause fingers to contract.

The specialists also use an endoscopic surgical procedure for treating carpal tunnel syndrome that can speed recovery and reduce pain compared to traditional surgery. The technique uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera along with small surgical instruments to access the ligaments of the hand through a small incision.

Because UC Health specialists focus on educating both patients and residents, patients can know that they have access to the most effective treatments and procedures available backed by evidence and research.