Hand/Wrist

Losing the use of a hand or wrist puts the brakes on daily activity. Our Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) and orthopedic hand specialists have advanced training and extensive clinical knowledge that can restore function through a range of treatments.

Treatment options vary by patient, severity of injury and diagnosis. Conservative options such as rest, pain medication, and hand/wrist therapy should always be investigated. Other common hand/wrist treatments can include injections or surgery.

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