UOS Specialties

Hand, Wrist & Elbow


Hand, Wrist & Elbow Education

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

Our hands are the main instruments through which we communicate with the world.

We use our hands in thousands of different ways every day. Appropriate function of our hands is based on an intricate, delicate and a pain free balance of mobility, stability, strength and sensation. The wrist and elbow help position the hand so that it can be used most efficiently and effectively. If any of these aspects are impaired, the ability of the hand to function is diminished.

Most problems of the hand center around pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of sensation and/or strength. Many of these conditions can be treated non surgically with oral and topical medications, therapy and cortisone injections. Surgery may be required for definitive treatment of many conditions, but newer less invasive techniques are being developed.

The hand, wrist and elbow surgeons at UOS are experienced in the spectrum of problems from very common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome to the complex reconstructions of major injuries. The surgical techniques used range from simple procedures often performed under local anesthesia to other more involved procedures including arthroscopy, microscopic surgery, joint replacements, nerve and tendon repair, and skin grafts.

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