Arm & Hand Care
A painful condition of the arm or hand can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks or to enjoy your favorite recreational activities. At Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, we offer a full range of specialized services to address these types of injuries and conditions, many of which can be resolved or improved with nonsurgical methods. If surgery is necessary, our specialists use the latest minimally invasive techniques, which result in faster recovery times than traditional surgery methods.
Arm & Hand Conditions
Our hand care team includes a board-certified hand and microvascular surgeon as well as physical and occupational therapists who specialize in hand and arm rehabilitation. You may also work with a certified hand therapist, a specialist who has achieved an advanced level of expertise through additional training. We provide treatment for a range of conditions, including:
- Acute injuries
- Ganglion cysts
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Tennis elbow
- Skier’s thumb
- Bennett’s fracture
- Dupuytren’s contracture
Arm & Hand Diagnosis
The specialists at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic will conduct a complete physical exam and use the latest, safest diagnostic imaging technology to determine the cause of your arm or hand condition. Imaging tests may include:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of your bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, soft tissues and other body structures.
- X-ray. X-ray is a quick, painless imaging procedure that creates digital pictures of your bones, soft tissue and other body structures. It is typically used to diagnose broken bones and other causes of pain.
- Ultrasound. Ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves and their echoes to create detailed images of soft tissue and other body parts.
Your doctor may order other tests to determine the health of your muscles and nerves, including a nerve conduction study with electromyogram, which uses small electrodes to send signals to your muscles.
Arm & Hand Treatments
Our team will create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs, with the goal of returning you to an active lifestyle as quickly and as safely as possible. Treatment options may include:
- Physical therapy. This includes exercise, massage, heat and icing, ultrasound, or electric stimulation. These treatments may be used alone or in combination to reduce pain and to regain or increase strength, mobility and function.
- Occupational therapy. Special arm and hand exercises and movement techniques will help you improve function and perform normal daily activities.
- Splinting. Splints worn during rest and/or work promote healing, reduce pain and improve arm and hand function.
- Minimally invasive surgery. If your condition requires surgery, we will use the latest minimally invasive (arthroscopic) surgical techniques whenever possible. These techniques reduce recovery time, decrease pain, improve outcomes and promote faster healing.
- Wound healing treatments. Our specialists use advanced electrical therapies and debridement techniques to promote your body’s natural ability to repair damaged tissue.
Whether you are recovering from surgery or are pursuing non-surgical treatment, we are committed to finding a rehabilitation program that works for you. In addition to our on-site Rehabilitation Care services, our rehabilitation specialists can provide special home therapy protocols, as well as phone support and guidance, for patients who live far away.