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Hand & Wrist

Special Expertise in Hand and Wrist Care

Disease, injury, chronic conditions, or health events that affect the function of the hand or wrist can severely compromise and limit the life of any individual.  For this reason, the discipline of caring for these conditions receives special attention in orthopedic medicine, no less so at Aria.

Surgery and other care for hand and wrist injuries and conditions is a highly subspecialized area of orthopedics requiring unique focus and finesse by physicians and therapists.  Surgeons and hand-and-wrist therapists often train exclusively in providing care for these problems.  

Aria Health’s accomplished hand specialists come from a background of nationally regarded academic centers.  Their lifelong commitment to the most up-to-date care is evident in the success of patients who come to and through the program for treatment.  Using rehabilitative medicine as the primary type of care or as critical post-surgical care is essential for most patients.

Minimizing invasiveness where possible
The multidisciplinary staff can address arthritis and tendon problems with both surgical and non-surgical techniques.  The team can often treat painful and debilitating hand conditions with splinting, hand therapy, localized injections, and other conservative approaches to therapy.

The human hand – in all of its complexities and abilities – is truly one of nature’s miracles.

When surgery is called for, Aria hand surgeons use highly developed microscopic techniques for precision reconstruction of bones, soft tissue, and nerves in the wrist, hand, and fingers. They use wrist arthroscopy, for example, to evaluate and treat repetitive strain injury, fractures, and torn or damaged ligaments.  The specialists can also use this procedure to examine joint damage caused by arthritis.  Their goal in performing hand surgery is to return to patients as much pain-free form and functionality as the science of hand care permits.

Aftercare of the treated hand
Rehabilitative care after surgery is a major focus of the program.  This stage of care first seeks to provide protection for the treated site during recovery, to promote healing. This often involves splinting other equipment to protect the hand or wrist.  It equally focuses on returning movement, strength, and function gradually and gently.  Patients learn to continue exercises and therapy at outpatient visits and at home.

Care can also include consultation on work environment, equipment, and tasks.  And it may mean collaboration with Aria’s Work Health program.

Whether for traumatic or chronic conditions of the hand and wrist, patients can feel confident that the competent care available through Aria will restore and repair function to the greatest extent possible.  Each patient benefits from a highly individualized care program meant to return him or her to active, everyday living.

Help for hand problems stemming from stroke or nerve damage

Stroke and other neurological disorders or injuries can impact the function of extremities, including seriously compromising movement, control, and strength in the hands.  Here the orthopedic and rehab hand staff work closely and can help with restorative approaches and assistive devices including exercise training of the paralyzed hand, functional electrical stimulation, robotic-assisted rehab, impairment-oriented training of the arm, and bilateral arm training.  This type of care requires a strong commitment from both the patient and physical therapist.