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Hand and upper extremity care

Some orthopedists specialize in diagnosing and treating issues related to the hands, wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders. These doctors may provide nonsurgical treatment for conditions like arthritis. They may also offer surgery for severe bone and joint injuries.

Hand and upper extremity specialists along the Wasatch Front

When you have a hand and upper extremity condition, such as wrist pain or a worn shoulder joint, the orthopedic specialists at MountainStar Healthcare hospitals are here for you.

We understand that pain anywhere in the hand or arm can make it difficult or painful to perform simple, everyday tasks. That is why our hand and upper extremity specialists are committed to accurately diagnosing your condition and effectively resolving your pain. We will work with you to determine a treatment plan personalized to your needs to restore your quality of life.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical information is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions we treat

Our hand and upper extremity specialists treat a variety of injuries, diseases and other conditions. Some of those conditions include:

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures, dislocations, torn ligaments and other injuries
  • Impingement (pinched tendons)
  • Joint pain and degenerative diseases (including arthritis)
  • Pain anywhere in the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder

Our hand and upper extremity centers

At our facilities across the Wasatch Front, you can receive comprehensive orthopedic care for conditions affecting the hand and arm. To provide this well-rounded care, we offer a multidisciplinary team, including hand doctors, orthopedic surgeons, joint specialists and physical therapists. This ensures we can provide you with the type of care that is right for you.

Hand and upper extremity treatments

Your treatment plan will depend on your diagnosis and unique needs. Sometimes, our orthopedic specialists can treat hand and upper extremity conditions with noninvasive methods, such as medication or physical therapy. We always strive to alleviate your pain and symptoms with these and other noninvasive techniques before suggesting surgery.

Hand and upper extremity surgery

When noninvasive treatments do not relieve your symptoms, surgery may be an effective option. Our hand and upper extremity surgeons are highly experienced in performing hand and arm procedures, including:

  • Elbow replacement surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Impingement syndrome treatment
  • Minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery
  • Non-fusion hand treatment
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
Elbow replacement surgery

Elbow replacement surgery may be an effective treatment for joint pain when noninvasive methods of care do not relieve your pain. During this procedure, your surgeon replaces the damaged joint with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. The result is a healthy elbow joint that allows you to bend and use your arm without pain.

Rotator cuff repairs

The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that attaches your upper arm to your shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is responsible for helping you reach, push, pull, lift and throw objects.

In some cases, shoulder pain is the result of a damaged rotator cuff. Your rotator cuff can become inflamed or damaged due to:

  • Bursal inflammation (bursitis)
  • Calcium deposits (calcification)
  • Impingement
  • Overuse
  • Tears in the tendon

If your rotator cuff is damaged and inflamed, your doctor may prescribe rest or injections to allow the tendons to repair themselves. However, if nonsurgical treatments do not alleviate your pain, surgically repairing the rotator cuff may be suggested.

Shoulder replacement surgery

In some cases, shoulder pain may be caused by severe damage to the shoulder joint. This damage could be caused by injury, disease or "wear and tear" over the years. If there is significant damage to your shoulder joint, your surgeon may suggest a shoulder replacement surgery.

In a shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon replaces all or part of the shoulder joint with artificial components (prostheses). The result is a like-new shoulder joint, which restores your range of motion and allows you to move your arm easily and freely.

Our surgeons offer:

  • Partial shoulder replacement surgery
  • Total shoulder replacement surgery
  • Reverse shoulder replacement surgery

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