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Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Care

Whether your pain is from work, play or wear and tear, HandONE can get you back in action.

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It is the mission of Orthopaedics Northeast to provide compassionate orthopedic and related healthcare services in a reassuring environment that improve patient comfort and restore mobility, enhancing the patient’s overall well being.

Meet Our Doctors

When you suffer from pain in your arms or hands, even the simplest tasks become difficult. HandONE has an entire team of specialists dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. We help hundreds of patients each year regain strength, flexibility and function in their upper extremities. Whether your pain is from work, play or wear and tear, call HandONE today to schedule an appointment with a specialist. We’ll get you back in action.

Common Conditions:

At HandONE, we provide treatment for:
 

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Contracture

  • Elbow Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Trigger Finger
     

We encourage you to use the information provided here to learn more about your foot or ankle condition.

 

Preventative Care:

Our wrists, hands and fingers are amazing tools. They point, pinch, snap, grasp, poke, push and squeeze. All too oftern, we take them for granted – we forget how much strain they are under every day. To help prevent injury and wear and tear, practice these hand-saving tips:

  • Close a drawer by placing your palm and fingers flat against the front of the drawer with your wrists bent, then push. This method will put most of the pressure on your wrists. Most people push in with their fingertips, which creates undue pressure on the fingers and hands.

  • Assist yourself out of a chair by pushing off with your hands flat. Do not grip the chair to push off.

  • When reading a heavy book, place it on a table or book rest or on your lap. Holding a heavy book puts strain on the hands in your hands.

  • Don’t carry a saucepan with one hand — get the other arm involved. First, if the pan is hot, place a towel over one forearm to protect it. Put your protected forearm under the handle while grabbing the end of the handle with your other hand. Now when you carry the pan, the weight of the pan will rest on your forearm.

  • When carrying a stack of dishes — or something of a similar shape — don’t grip the stack around the edges. It’s better to place your hands flat, palms up, underneath the bottom plate.

  • Use care when opening screw-top jars or bottles. You may want to purchase a jar opener that mounts under a cabinet or table, which will allow you to open a bottle or jar with one hand. Similarly, using a small rubber “gripper” greatly reduces the stress on your fingers. You can usually find grippers wherever kitchen utensils are sold.

  • Place playing cards in a holder designed for such a purpose, rather than holding a fan of cards in your hand. Look for a card holder — and similar hand-saving devices — at medical supply stores, hospital gift shops or on the Internet.

  • Look for ways you can modify your home that will simplify common tasks. For example, consider replacing your traditional kitchen or bathroom faucet handles. Most hardware or plumbing supply stores now carry large “bulb”-type handles or long-bladed handles, which can be turned by your wrists or forearms and eliminate the need to use your fingers.

Treatment:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Once CTS has been diagnosed, initial treatment may begin with a wrist splint to help reduce pressure on the nerve. Both night splints and occupational splints worn while working keep the wrist in a neutral position to help reduce swelling. Medications or injections are also used to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Contracture:

Advanced cases of Dupuytren’s contracture may require surgical correction to restore movement. This is done by removing the thickened bands from the fascia. Surgical repair is usually followed by rehabilitative therapy to restore the hands flexibility.

Trigger Finger:

The swelling and irritation is usually first treated with anti-inflammatory medication or a steroid injection. If the condition does not respond to conservative treatment or if the case is severe, surgery to release the tendon may be performed.

 

The procedure involves making a small cut in the first pulley overlying the inflamed tendon. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with the patient free to resume normal activities in a few days.

 
 

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