ORTHOPEDIC

ORTHOPEDIC INJURIES OF

UPPER EXTREMITY

Injuries to muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments are referred to as orthopedic injuries. The upper extremity is a functional area consisting of shoulder, elbow wrist, and hand.

Tendons join muscles to bones and ligaments connect two bones. Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon and is usually the result of overuse.

A sprain is an injury to the ligament caused by over stretching or tearing of the ligament.

A fracture is a broken bone and most commonly occurs due to a fall. Wrist fractures usually result from a fall on an outstretched hand. Fractures can also result from contact sports or motor vehicle accidents.

Why see a hand therapist? I am committed to providing the highest quality hand and upper extremity care to help you regain your function to return to your productive activities in a shorter time. My treatments are client-centered, holistic, and evidenced based. I provide preventative care to help you avoid surgery or further dysfunction. However, if surgery is necessary, I will help you to safely progress through protocol and guide you through your individualized treatment plan to achieve the best functional outcome.

Injuries commonly seen by occupational hand therapists

HAND

  • trigger finger
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • thumb CMC joint arthritis
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • tendon injuries
  • finger sprains
  • finger fractures and dislocations

WRIST

  • wrist fractures
  • wrist sprain
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome

ELBOW

  • medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • radial head, shaft and olecranon fractures
  • ulnar collateral ligament sprain
  • cubital tunnel syndrome

SHOULDER

  • rotator cuff injuries
  • frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Impingement syndrome
  • shoulder tendonitis
  • shoulder bursitis
  • osteoarthritis shoulder

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