Hand, Wrist & Elbow Care
Restoring Function & Comfort
When you're feeling pain, discomfort, or weakness in your hands, wrists, or elbows, it can be a challenge to do everyday activities. The orthopedic surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens have extensive experience and skill in evaluating and treating people with all types of disorders and injuries in the hands, wrists, and elbows—from common problems to complex trauma. We'll carefully evaluate your symptoms and match you with the most effective treatment for you.
Who We Treat
Our fellowship-trained hand, wrist, and elbow specialists are experts in the care of people with complex upper extremity conditions. In addition to treating cuts, fractures, infections, and burns, we provide specialty care for people of all ages with sprains, tendonitis, and arthritis. Conditions we treat include:
- Arthritis of the fingers, wrists, and elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain’s syndrome (tenosynovitis)
- Ganglions and mucous cysts
- Ligament injuries
- Nerve lacerations (tears)
- Stiff elbow
- Trigger finger
How We Treat Hand, Wrist & Elbow Disorders
When you come to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens with hand, wrist, or elbow pain, discomfort, or an injury, we'll start with a comprehensive examination and order any needed imaging tests to determine the best care for you. Your treatment may include one or more of the following approaches.
We use nonsurgical treatments whenever possible, such as hand therapy and exercise, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen), or steroid injections. Our certified hand therapists provide physical and occupational therapy specific to the hand, wrist, and elbow to increase your motion, dexterity, and strength. They may also create a custom brace or splint to meet your needs.
If you need surgery, our orthopedic surgeons complete your operation using as minimally invasive an approach as possible, with the goal of fixing the problem and getting you back to your regular activities. They also perform more complex procedures such as elbow replacement. Our team incorporates components of orthopedic, plastic, neurological, and vascular surgery as needed to relieve your pain and help restore your mobility and function. When treating traumatic hand injuries, our surgeons are skilled in advanced grafting techniques to cover exposed bone and injured soft tissue.
Specialized Care for Fractures & Other Emergencies
When you have a fracture or other injury to the hand, wrist, or elbow, seeing a specialist as soon as possible increases your chance of proper healing. Our physicians use advanced techniques to restore the function of broken bones and help you recover. As one of the most common orthopedic injuries, fractures can often be treated with bracing or casting. If you need surgery, our orthopedic surgeons are experts in realigning broken bones to promote proper healing. Our fracture care team has expertise in the repair of broken bones in the hand, wrist, forearm, and upper arm.
The Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is a designated Level I Trauma Center—the highest designation available by New York State for an emergency department. An orthopedic surgeon is available around the clock to provide consultation when needed in an emergency. Based on the severity of your injury at the time of your visit, our trauma team will determine the best treatment for you.
Why Choose Us
You use your hands and arms every day for so many things—from bathing and dressing yourself to preparing meals, eating, working, and playing sports. That's why it is so important to trust the care of hand, wrist, and elbow problems to a specially trained and highly qualified team. You can find that team at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. We'll customize a plan of care that meets your needs and preferences so you can start feeling and moving better sooner. Contact us to make an appointment.