Our Services

Woman shoulderThe LifeBridge Health Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Northwest Hospital diagnoses and treats patients with a wide variety of conditions that affect the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Using state-of-the-art diagnostics, rehabilitative services, surgery and other advanced therapies, we restore upper extremity function.

The center provides a comprehensive program of services that range from initial consultation to physical therapy.

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Bone infections
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • De Quevain syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Gout and pseudogout
  • Hand and wrist tumors and ganglion cysts
  • Mallet finger
  • Painful or arthritic thumb or pinch
  • Painful or stiff shoulders
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains
  • Stiffness in the hand or elbow
  • Tendon injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger
  • Work-related injuries
  • Wrist and upper extremity joint injuries

Diagnosis

Hand X-rayAt the Center for Hand and Upper Extremity, treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. As appropriate, our surgeons conduct hand function assessments to determine the extent of patients’ conditions or injuries. Northwest Hospital’s state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment provides detailed images of patients’ hands, arms and shoulders. X-ray, MRI and angiography are used to quickly provide images to the orthopedic surgeon so that you or your loved one's treatment can begin as soon as possible.

Treatment

The Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery team works to restore range of motion, decrease pain and increase strength. Treatments are based on the severity of patients’ conditions and how they affect daily activities. Treatments include:

  • Arm with kinesio tapeCustom splinting
  • Oral medication
  • Postoperative care, including physical therapy
  • Patient education
  • Reconstructive surgery, including minimally invasive surgery for certain conditions
  • Steroid injections
  • Therapeutic exercises

Whenever possible, the physicians at the Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery use the least invasive treatment possible to reduce or eliminate pain and loss of time from work or activities. Some patients find relief from their conditions and injuries through noninvasive treatments such as medication, steroid injections or physical therapy. If surgery is needed, the center’s surgeons are supported by Northwest Hospital’s highly regarded Surgical Services team.

To learn more about the Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, please call 410-601-WELL.