If you’ve had an injury or fracture, or are experiencing symptoms of a disease or condition such as osteoarthritis or tendinitis in your fingers, hands or upper extremity, you’ll receive expert, comprehensive care from the orthopedic hand surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Our team helps patients with a wide range of conditions of the finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and upper arm.

Some of the more common finger and hand conditions we see include damage or injuries to:

  • Nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome or digital nerve lacerations
  • Layers of the skin, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, retinacular or mucous cysts, frostbite, burns, lacerations or animal bites
  • Tendons, including trigger finger, mallet finger, flexor and extensor tenosynovitis, Boutonniere deformity, intersection syndrome or De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Joints, such as finger sprains and arthritis
  • Ligaments, such as an radial collateral or ulnar collateral injury to the thumb (gamekeeper’s thumb)
  • Bones, such as phalanx or metacarpal finger fractures

Diagnosing hand and upper extremity conditions

You will see one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained hand surgeons or an experienced advanced practice provider to begin the diagnostic process. This process includes a thorough history and physical exam and if indicated, diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray, which is done right in our facility during your appointment.

Your provider may order additional testing, such as an MRI, CT scan, lab testing or a nerve conduction study with electromyogram (EMG). An EMG uses tiny electrodes to send signals to your muscles and records the response. This test helps your doctor evaluate the health of your muscles and nerves and potential common nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our approach to treating hand and upper extremity conditions

We are a highly skilled group of physicians, knowledge leaders and surgical specialists dedicated to advancing the field of hand and upper extremity surgery through clinical care, innovative research and the education of tomorrow’s leaders.

We treat a wide range of conditions of the upper limb including fractures, nerve compression and lacerations, tendon injuries, joint injuries, arthritis and crush injuries. As a comprehensive center, we also provide occupational therapy services, imaging evaluation and outpatient surgery within our Hand and Upper Extremity Center.

We have extensive experience in nonoperative treatments and can help differentiate those injuries that do not need surgery but can instead be treated conservatively. Many injuries can be treated without an operation through activity modification, splinting, corticosteroid injections or occupational therapy.

If it is determined that your injury would be best treated with surgery, we utilize the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques. Our hand surgeons are trained to perform revision surgery and complex and technically challenging operations.

Why you should choose Ohio State

The innovative care provided by our hand and upper extremity team can help you regain functionality and a quality of life. Here’s why patients choose Ohio State for hand, arm and shoulder care:

Comprehensive Care: Our unique, collaborative program brings together physicians, surgeons and clinicians from Orthopaedics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Occupational Therapy, Anesthesiology and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. These professionals work as a team to quickly translate research into clinical applications, monitor patients’ progress and coordinate care.

Surgical Leadership: Ohio State’s fellowship-trained hand surgeons treat more than 3,500 patients annually with procedures that include minimally invasive (endoscopic) carpal tunnel surgery, which uses smaller incisions and results in faster recovery. Further, through selection as a host for international traveling fellows in multiple years, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) recognizes Ohio State as being among the elite in hand surgery

Trauma Expertise: Designated a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, Ohio State’s trauma services provide care for all levels of trauma, from the complex multiple-injury patient to isolated limb injury and fracture.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques and innovative care backed by research knowledge.

Ohio State saved my wrist and my career

Darrah experienced a significant fracture and a procedure at another medical center that left her unable to use three fingers on her right hand -- a vital function for a law-enforcement officer. Ohio State's orthopedic hand specialists were able to restore functionality to Metz's wrist, hands and fingers, ensuring that a bad fall didn't end her career. After only eight weeks of rehabilitation, she was able to get back to full duty with her canine therapy dog, Mattis.

If you need support equipment

If you need home medical equipment, such as a specialized brace or sling, it’s easy to obtain quickly through Ohio State Home Medical Equipment (OSHME).

A joint venture between Ohio State Health Inc. and DASCO Home Medical Equipment, OSHME has staff and supplies on hand for patients of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. To learn more about available equipment, place an order or talk to an equipment specialist, visit godasco.com.

Our providers who treat finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and upper arm injuries or pain

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