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Hand, Wrist & Elbow Care

Disorders of the hand and upper extremity are surprisingly common. The hand is formed in a very precise way where even a seemingly harmless problem can upset the delicate structure. These problems may develop from injury, disease or repetitive motion. Without appropriate treatment, a mild disorder of the upper extremity may lead to functional impairment, chronic pain and occasionally deformities.

IBJI’s Expert Hand, Wrist & Elbow Doctors

The hand & upper extremity physicians at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute have extensive training, particularly in the minimally invasive techniques for treating many common hand, elbow, and wrist disorders, including endoscopic carpal tunnel release and arthroscopic procedures resulting in quicker recovery and less pain.

Our surgeons are board certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and have attained higher certification in hand surgery through the completion of post medical school fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery. Holding privileges at several area hospitals as well as serving as faculty at major national academic centers, we have extensive experience treating both common as well as complicated upper extremity problems, where an in-depth knowledge is required.

Who Do Hand, Wrist & Elbow Doctors Treat?

IBJI physicians treat patients of all ages, including the entire spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic patients. Individuals are treated using a well thought out, pragmatic, and efficient plan, in an empathic environment, while maintaining insight into rehabilitation and re-education. Each patient is treated as an individual with his or her health status being our prime concern.

What to Expect From Our Care Teams

Patient satisfaction is ensured through our multidisciplinary approach utilizing highly trained individuals from nurse clinicians to hand therapists. Our team’s success is based on an in-depth understanding of problems pertaining to the entire upper extremity, combined with an appreciation of each patient’s functional requirements and needs while always maintaining open avenues of communication. 

Surgery, when required, is often performed in an outpatient setting, minimizing discomfort and inconvenience. These extensive measures are taken to provide the best possible experience for all of our patients. Our surgery centers are equipped with state-of-the-art contemporary technology for treating individuals with fractures, dislocations, and traumatic injuries to tendons, nerves or vessels.

Our hands serve many purposes. Hands help us eat, dress, write, earn a living, create art, and do many other activities. To do these tasks and activities, our hands require sensation and movement, such as joint motion, tendon gliding, and muscle contraction. When a problem takes place in the hand, care must be given to all the different types of tissues that make function of the hand possible.

  • Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist and forearm.
  • Hand surgeons care for these problems without surgery, and they are specially trained to operate when necessary.
  • Many hand surgeons are also experts in diagnosing and caring for shoulder conditions.
  • Hand surgeons are orthopedic, plastic or general surgeons who have additional training in surgery of the hand.
  • To become members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, hand surgeons must take a full year of additional training and must pass a rigorous certifying examination.    

A qualified hand and upper extremity surgeon is specially trained to diagnose your upper extremity condition and to recommend appropriate treatment options.

Here are some of the things that these surgeons specialize in:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist pain
  • Cuts on the fingers and hand
  • Sports injuries to the hand and wrist
  • Creating fingers from toes and other joints
  • Elbow arthritis
  • Broken bones in the hand, wrist, and elbow

Some hand and upper extremity surgeons treat only children, some treat only adults, and some treat both. Many of these specialty surgeons devote most of their time to examining, treating and studying the hand.

Not every visit to a hand and upper extremity surgeon results in surgery. Hand and upper extremity surgeons often recommend non-surgical treatment options to assist you. Sometimes, they may refer you to a hand therapist for more treatment.

Hand therapy helps a patient regain maximum use of their hand after injury, surgery or the onset of disease. Treatment is provided by a hand therapist; someone who is first trained as an occupational or physical therapist and then receives additional training in hand therapy.

Hand therapists teach exercises, apply modalities and create custom splints to help the hand heal, protect it from additional injury and gain motion where deficits occur. With the oversight of a specialized hand surgeon outcomes are optimized and function maximized.

Orthopedic Hand, Wrist & Elbow Conditions

Sudden and preexisting hand conditions cause extra stress to everyday life and IBJI is dedicated to returning your comfort and mobility. Commonly diagnosed conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow include:

  • Amputations and Prosthetics
  • Arthritis: Base of the Thumb
  • Arthritis: MCP Joint
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Congenital Differences
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorder
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Hand Fractures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Repetitive Strains
  • Replantation
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Tendon Transfer Surgery
  • Thumb Sprains
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Trigger Finger: Stenosing Tenosynovitis

For more information about hand and upper extremity surgery, hand conditions, hand safety, hand anatomy, and other helpful links, visit the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

  • Amputations and Prosthetics
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Congenital Differences
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorder
  • DeQuervain’s Tendinitis
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Extensor Tendon Injuries
  • Flexor Tendon Injuries
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Keinbock’s Disease
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Tendon Transfer Surgery
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Wrist Arthroscopy
  • Wrist Fractures
  • Wrist Sprains

For more information about hand and upper extremity surgery, hand conditions, hand safety, hand anatomy, and other helpful links, visit the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

  • Amputations and Prosthetics
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Congenital Differences
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorder
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Extensor Tendon Injuries
  • Flexor Tendon Injuries
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Tendon Transfer Surgery
  • Tennis Elbow: Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Traumatic Injuries

For more information about hand and upper extremity surgery, hand conditions, hand safety, hand anatomy, and other helpful links, visit the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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