Depending upon your injury or condition, you may need to:

  • Wear a splint, pad or assistive device to reduce movement or pressure and allow healing
  • Change your activities to limit painful movements
  • See an occupational therapist to help you regain strength, flexibility and range of motion
  • Massage the affected skin and tissues to improve blood flow, help with muscle relaxation and lessen scar tissue formation
  • Receive an injection into the site of inflammation
  • Take anti-inflammatory medicine to ease swelling and pain

An outpatient surgery may be needed to relieve pain and improve function. You and your doctor will decide whether surgery is right for you and what type of surgery may be best.


Hand, wrist, arm and elbow surgeries we perform

Hand, wrist, arm and elbow surgeries we perform

Life-changing wrist surgery: Ron’s story

When Ron started experiencing pain in his wrists, he knew it wasn’t something that would get better on its own. After researching the work being done at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, he found Kanu Goyal, MD, an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon. From the very beginning, Ron was impressed with Dr. Goyal’s approach to patient care, and, after trying a variety of non-operative treatments for his wrist pain, Ron decided to have surgery. Ron explains why he considers coming to Ohio State the best decision of his life.

A closer look at hand and upper extremity surgery options

What is a hand surgeon?

Hand surgeons don’t just do carpal tunnel surgery, explains Hisham Awan, MD, they can actually perform surgeries on the entire upper extremity including the arm, elbow and shoulder.

Evaluating Treatment Options

While we start most patients with conservative treatment options, surgery might be needed. Hisham Awan, MD discusses what to expect in both the short and long-term.

Reducing Narcotics after surgery

In response to an opioid-addiction epidemic, Ohio State is relying more on non-narcotic pain management methods after surgery.

Wide Awake Hand Surgery

Kanu Goyal, MD, explains the benefits of the wide awake hand surgery approach, which can take as little as five minutes, including safety, convenience, cost savings and improved outcomes.

Minimally Invasive Hand Surgery

Hisham Awan, MD, explains how minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the upper extremities minimize soft tissue damage and require smaller incisions.

Learn more about what to expect during your orthopedic procedure


Our providers who treat finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and upper arm injuries or pain

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