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Each hand has 28 muscles and 27 bones, plus nerves, arteries, tendons, veins and soft tissue. You can understand why it takes special training to be able to treat the many problems that can develop as we put our hands under stress every day.
Whether you are suffering from wrist pain from carpal tunnel syndrome to tendonitis, the University of Vermont Medical Center offers expert clinical care for hand, finger and wrist injuries of all types including the best diagnostic services and the most advanced medical and surgical care.
A hand injury is defined by a variety of ailments, including a fracture or sprain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, arthritis, and more. Our experts in the Orthopedics department at the University of Vermont Medical Center will provide you with a quick, accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plan using the most advanced methods and technology.
Hand Injury Care at UVM Medical Center
No matter what your hand injury may be, our board-certified doctors, surgeons, and nurses, are here to provide the best possible care and answer any questions you may have.
- Level One Trauma Center - We specialize in acute injury treatment and are able to quickly diagnose and treat your hand injury with the most advanced technology available.
- Experienced Professioanls - Our hand therapists have more than 100 years of collective experience. The majority of hand therapists in Vermont are with the UVM Medical Center, which makes us at the forefront of hand therapy in New England.
- As UVM faculty members, all of our surgeons are involved in research and in the education of UVM College of Medicine students and orthopedic residents. This means you’ll receive advanced orthopedic care from surgeons specialized in hand surgery at Vermont's only academic medical center.
- Open Communication - From our doctors to nurses, the entire staff at UVM Medical Center is willing to work with you to make sure you understand everything about your hand injury diagnosis and treatment.
Hand Injury Diagnosis
Whether you’re in an emergency situation or a routine visit with one of our physicians, we are able to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis of your hand injury, starting with the least invasive tests. Common hand injury tests include:
- Physical examination
- Laboratory tests on:
- Imaging tests, including:
- Electromyogram (EMG)
Treatments for Hand Injuries
Depending on the diagnosis of your hand injury and its severity, our physicians and nurses will work with you to choose a course of treatment that makes sense for your condition.
- Hand Therapy is a common form of treatment for lacerations, fractures and sprains, as well as patients with chronic hand pain, arthritis, and some forms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Our expert therapists work with your hand injury to help increase range of motion and flexibility, increase strength and function, and manage acute and chronic pain.
- Hand Surgery is typically performed for severe hand injuries. A common hand surgery for severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery. This is a minimally invasive surgery than can help alleviate the pain and tingling often associated with this condition.
Common hand injuries that we treat at the University of Vermont Medical Center include:
- Acute hand injuries like fractures and sprains
- Arthritis and osteoarthritis (arthritic joint pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (nerve compression)
- Tendonitis (tendon inflammation)
- Lacerations requiring stitches or microsurgery
- Congenital problems, growths or tumors (like Dupuytren's disease)
- Reconstruction of old injuries
- Overuse syndrome