A painful or injured hand or wrist can affect every aspect of your life: work, play, expressing yourself, and so much more.
When hand or wrist problems make your day-to-day activities difficult, experienced University of Iowa Health Care experts in orthopedics can help.
They're experts in complex procedures like wrist replacement, hand reconstruction, and reattachment of severed fingers or hands.
They're also leaders in researching treatments and techniques that lead to better results. When you choose UI Health Care, you're getting the most up-to-date treatments available anywhere.
Our collaborative care team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Their goal is to relieve your pain and restore and and wrist function so you can get back to living your life.
The latest diagnostic and treatment techniques
UI Health Care specialists use leading-edge tools and techniques to diagnose and treat hand and wrist conditions.
For example, our providers specialize in diagnostic ultrasound, which isn't widely available. This safe, painless imaging tool quickly pinpoints the cause of your pain and helps your team choose the best treatment.
Many hand and wrist conditions can be treated successfully without surgery. Options available from UI Health Care include:
Medication, such as pain relievers or steroid injections.
Assistive devices, including splints or braces.
If you need surgery, our board-certified surgeons have intensive training and years of experience in hand and wrist procedures.
Whenever possible, they use minimally invasive techniques. Performed through small incisions, these procedures result in less pain, faster recovery, and minimal scarring. They include:
Hand and wrist arthroscopy
Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery
Ultrasound-guided procedures for Dupuytren's contracture, trigger finger, and other conditions
Sometimes joint replacement, fracture repair, or other procedures require traditional open surgery, using larger incisions. Our surgeons use the latest methods and materials to get you the best results.
Specialized physical therapy
Whether you're treated surgically or nonsurgically, physical and occupational therapy are likely to be part of your treatment plan.
UI Health Care's certified hand therapists are a key part of your care team.
They work closely with your other providers to make sure your customized therapy program gets you back to pain-free function as quickly as possible.
Whether physical therapy is your primary treatment, or you need rehabilitation after surgery, our therapists will help you heal.
On your team: All the expertise of UI Health Care
Your hands and wrists are complex structures. To ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your treatment,, UI Health Care experts who may be part of your care team include:
Physical and rehabilitation medicine specialists
Sports medicine specialists
Your team collaborates with your primary care provider, as needed. And if you have other injuries or conditions, they’ll collaborate with additional UI Health Care experts to address all aspects of your care.
Hand and wrist injury tests and treatments
- Brachial plexus reconstruction
- Carpal tunnel surgery
- Cyst or tumor excision
- Dupuytren's contracture release
- Hand reconstruction
- Hand replantation
- Nerve injury repair
- Peripheral nerve surgery
- Radial nerve release
- Tendon repair
- Tendon transfer
- Trigger finger release
- Ulnar nerve release
- Wrist arthroplasty
- Wrist arthroscopy
- Wrist fusion
- Wrist replacement