Hand and Upper Extremities

Few parts of the human anatomy are as complex as the hand and wrist, which together are made up of 27 bones. The wrist alone has eight, called carpals, which join with the radius and ulna, the two bones in the forearm, to form the wrist joint. The top ends of the wrist bones connect to metacarpal bones in the hand that, in turn, connect to the thumb and each finger.

Unfortunately, the bones in the wrist and hand have little protection, so they are more susceptible to injury than other bones in our bodies. In addition, overuse, repetitive motions, and/or ware and tear from aging can cause problems, such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and osteoarthritis.

Why choose CMO for your hand or wrist problem?

It takes a specialist to determine the nature of the problem and the best medical solution. Minor injuries of the hand, wrist, or elbow can often be taken care of by applying ice and wrapping with an elastic bandage. Other nonsurgical treatments include appropriate pain medication, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. When conservative measures fail to alleviate pain and restore mobility, surgery may be necessary.

Dr. Lauren Adey and Dr. Matt Bush specialize in hand, wrist, and upper extremities surgery at CMO. Dr. Douglas Pavlak specializes in electrodiagnosis (EMG, nerve conduction studies) of the hand and upper extremities. Our staff also includes a certified hand therapists: Kathryn Lachance, OTR/L, CHT, Sarah Land, OTR/L and Mary Woodbury, OTR/L, CHT who work in collaboration with our surgeons and physicians to provide treatment and rehabilitation.

More information about hand and wrist problems

  • Hand injuries, diseases, and conditions
  • Wrist injuries, diseases, and conditions
  • Elbow injuries, diseases, and conditions

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