From a seemingly harmless nail bed injury to the repetitive stress of carpal tunnel syndrome to major concerns of a traumatic crush injury, Ohio State has extensive experience in sudden (acute) injury, overuse injury and diseases of the hand and upper extremity. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more permanent underlying damage. Your treatment plan will be customized to your situation and the severity of your injury.
Finger and hand conditions
Accidents that result in finger or hand lacerations or fractures may cause further damage that may not be directly visible. Visit us for an evaluation if your pain is caused by injury; if you have numbness, tingling, redness, tenderness or swelling; if your limb is deformed; or if you cannot straighten your fingers. Some of the more common finger and hand conditions we see include damage or injuries to:
- Nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome or digital nerve lacerations
- Layers of the skin, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, retinacular or mucous cysts, frostbite, burns, lacerations or animal bites
- Tendons, including trigger finger, mallet finger, flexor and extensor tenosynovitis, Boutonniere deformity, intersection syndrome or De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Joints, such as finger sprains and arthritis
- Ligaments, such as an radial collateral or ulnar collateral injury to the thumb (gamekeeper’s thumb)
- Bones, such as phalanx or metacarpal finger fractures
Wrist, forearm, elbow and upper arm conditions
Come see us if you’ve experienced an injury, have weakness, discomfort, decreased motion or are experiencing painful symptoms in your wrist, forearm, elbow or upper arm. We treat conditions related to:
- Inflammation of a tendon – Common tendonitis conditions we see include de Quervain’s, intersection syndrome, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) and bicep tendonitis.
- Arthritis – This includes osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, congenital arthritis and idiopathic arthritis. We provide care for all arthritic conditions, from thumb CMC (carpometacarpal) to the wrist, elbow and AC (acromioclavicular) joint.
- Broken bones – Whether your broken bone is caused by a low-energy fall or a high-energy impact, we treat all fractures of the arm, including those to the distal radius, radial head, carpal bone, elbow, distal humerus, coronoid, olecranon, Monteggia, humeral shaft, clavicle and proximal humerus.
- Syndromes and diseases – If you have anatomical or biomechanical contributors to your upper extremity pain, we treat it, including radial tunnel syndrome, compartment syndrome, impingement syndrome, adhesive capsulitis, Kienbock’s disease, Preiser’s disease and ganglion cysts.
- Other trauma or overuse – When accidents happen, tears, cracks, bruises and pulls may develop immediately or over time, and our team can help with terrible triad of elbow, distal bicep ruptures, rotator cuff tears, brachial plexus injuries and more.
Helping other amputees adapt: Henry’s story
Henry became an upper bilateral amputee after contracting sepsis in 2016. Ever since, his mission has been to help other amputees. In 2017, he joined Amps4Ohio as a peer mentor to help other amputees adapt to their new life. Through Amps4Ohio, he met Teresa DiMeo, APRN, at the Hand and Upper Extremity Center. After she connected him with Ohio State’s volunteer office, Henry started giving back at the Hand and Upper Extremity Center, where he is able to interact and educate patients about upper extremity amputations.