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Hand & Upper Extremity
Reaching, grabbing, writing, driving, lifting, or waving are all activities that we take for granted.

Each of these seemingly simple daily activities and many, many more are only possible because of the versatility and flexibility of the upper extremities. This area of the human body is uniquely complex and includes the joints, bones, and muscles of the fingers, hands, wrists, arms, elbows, and shoulders. The intricate and mobile design of the upper extremities, coupled with the use and abuse sustained each day can make this region of the body highly susceptible to injury.

Evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of the hand require a special skill set. Our orthopedic surgeons and hospital staff work together to ensure that the recovery process is as effective and efficient as possible.

At Cooley Dickinson Hospital's Center for Human Motion, skilled clinicians offer a diagnosis and individual plan of care for each patient suffering from upper-extremity pain or discomfort. We employ a team of orthopedic surgeons and other medical professionals who are well versed in treating a variety of conditions affecting the shoulder, arm, and hand, from carpal tunnel release to the replantation of a limb.

The orthopedic surgeons and medical teams we work with specialize in the treatment of:

- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue sprains, strains, and contusions
- Overuse and traumatic injuries to the upper extremity and hand
- Degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Impingement syndromes of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist
- Instability of the shoulder
- Fractures, dislocations, subluxations