Ohio State offers expert rehabilitative care related to conditions of the hand, arm and shoulder.

The Hand and Upper Extremity Center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center offers comprehensive care for patients with conditions of the fingers and hand as well as the wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder.

Patient receive a personalize care plan with services that might include diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitative therapy. Patients are cared for in one convenient location and benefit from the continuum of care provided by Ohio State’s multidisciplinary team of experts at inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Our Patients

We provide comprehensive care and rehabilitation for patients with:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocations (joint injuries that force bones out of position)
  • Distal radioulnar conditions (inflammation in the wrist joint)
  • Fractures (bone breaks)
  • Joint replacements
  • Repetitive stress injuries (injuries resulting from recurrent stress)
  • Shoulder and elbow disorders
  • Soft tissue injuries (damage to muscles, ligaments or tendons)
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendon lacerations 
  • Tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon)
  • Traumatic injuries, crush injuries, severed limbs, damaged nerves or burns
  • Work-related injuries

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center? 

The innovative care provided at Ohio State’s Hand and Upper Extremity Center can help you regain functionality and a quality lifestyle. Here’s why patients choose Ohio State for hand, arm and shoulder care:

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques and innovative care backed by research knowledge. 

Unique Services: Our experienced hand surgeons performed more than 2,000 surgeries, treatments and procedures last year. Our surgeons perform minimally-invasive (endoscopic) carpal tunnel surgery, which uses smaller incisions and results in a faster recovery. As a Level I Trauma Center, we have hand surgeons available to treat all levels of traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries.

Accredited Care: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care. Our team includes occupational therapists with special training and certification in hand and upper extremity care.

Convenience: Because of the breadth of our expertise, we can offer diagnostic testing, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation services in one location.

Our Services

Our Services

Ohio State’s Hand and Upper Extremity Center offers rehabilitation services to help in each phase of your rehabilitation — from services offered in the hospital (inpatient services) to those offered after returning home (outpatient services). These services help you achieve the highest level of recovery.

Your treatment program is personalized to help restore your range of motion, decrease pain and increase strength. Your treatment may include:

  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Microsurgery (operating with microscopes and miniaturized precision instruments)
  • Minimally invasive procedures (carpal tunnel surgery)
  • Reconstructive surgery (repairing the body due to birth defects, disease or trauma)
  • Postoperative care (after surgery)
  • On-site imaging services
  • Electromyography (EMG) (diagnostic test measuring muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve's stimulation of the muscle)
  • Hand function assessment
  • Occupational therapy (helping patients participate in activities of daily living)
  • Splinting and casting

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery for muscular and skeletal conditions
  • Plastic surgeons who specialize in the repair, restoration or improvement of parts of the body
  • Neurologists who specialize in disorders of the nervous system
  • Physician assistants who practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons
  • Nurse practitioners who registered nurses with advanced training in a medical specialty
  • Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients' ability to complete activities of daily living

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