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Hand, Wrist & Upper Extremity

Hand DiagramThe bones in your hand make up one-fourth of all the bones in your body. This is also the reason we can be so precise and dexterous in our movements; the more bones and joints we have, the easier it is to fine-tune our motion. Our hands are put to the test every single day and most of us are using our hands at nearly every waking moment.

With all this hand activity, arthritis has a natural place to live. Over time all those joints begin to break down and age, leaving many with painful, clumsy hands. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is pressure on a nerve in the wrist, comes from frequent and repetitive use of the hands. Injury from knives, saws or other accidents can affect the tendons and muscles in the hand and may require surgery.

Common problems with the hand, Wrist & Upper Extremity

Diagnosis at MultiCare

Your initial appointment with a MultiCare orthopedic physician will include a full evaluation of your symptoms and recent activities. Establishing the source of the problem is the first step and will help determine your course of care. We may require x-rays, an MRI or a CT scan.

Treatment at MultiCare

Hand ProviderMultiCare physicians are experienced in a wide range of treatment options for hand pain, injury and aging, which might include:

 





One Year, Two Surgeries - A Patient's Story

 
When Lynn needed surgery and physical therapy for a broken wrist twice in one year, she chose the experts at MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, both for their skill in treating her injuries, and for their “big picture” approach in helping her to stay injury-free in the future.