Hand and Upper Extremity

Physicians in the Hand and Upper Extremity Service of Weill Cornell Orthopedics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center treat a wide variety of conditions affecting the hand, wrist, and elbow.

Conditions We Treat

  • Hand, wrist, and elbow conditions (trigger fingers, wrist tendonitis)
  • Fractures of the fingers, hand, wrist, and forearm
  • Nerve problems, including carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis of the hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Reconstructive surgery of the upper and lower extremities (hand burns, soft tissue reconstruction, functional enhancement after severe trauma)

Diagnosis

We use x-rays, nerve studies, CT scanning, MRI scanning, and ultrasound, in combination with physical examination, to diagnose problems of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

Treatment

If appropriate, we always begin with a conservative approach to treating hand and upper extremity problems. We use non-surgical treatments whenever possible, such as hand therapy and exercise, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroid injections.

When surgery is necessary, our team — which specializes in hand and wrist surgery, as well as reconstructive surgery — develops a surgical plan that takes into account the patient’s specific needs for treatment. In addition to physicians, our team includes a hand therapist, who specializes in rehabilitating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.

Following any hand surgery, therapy is essential. We work with patients to design and implement exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity, and strength, and to provide training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment.

Our Physicians for Hand

Contact

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Weill Cornell Orthopedics
Phone: 212-746-4500

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