Hand and Upper Extremity Service

The hand and the upper extremity – the wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder – are vital to everyday life. They enable us to eat and dress, to lift, carry and drive and to enjoy sports and hobbies. Many professions require hands-on work, making proper functioning of the upper extremity crucial.

When injury or disease strikes these areas, it’s important that you find expert care. The Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a range of conditions – from traumatic Injuries (fractures and dislocations) to nerve and tendon issues, to diseases, deformities and tumors.  

Our experienced, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons offer the highest level of expertise with fellowship training in hand surgery and upper extremity surgery. Voted top doctors for hand surgery by Castle Connolly and Boston magazine, our surgeons train tomorrow’s leaders in this specialized field through the Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship program.

Complete care from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation

From your first visit—through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up—your orthopaedic surgeon and a physician assistant will provide personalized care. If imaging tests are needed, we’ll coordinate onsite radiology services as well as electromyography (EMG)/nerve conduction studies.

We provide non-surgical treatments such as splints and injections and perform thousands of surgical procedures each year, including minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures and reconstruction surgery. Our orthopaedic surgical suites ensure state-of-the-art environments should you require surgery. Following surgery, our physical therapists and occupational therapists will help you regain normal function and return to the activities you enjoy.

For complex cases, we collaborate with orthopaedic specialists from sports medicine and trauma as well as with physicians from plastic surgery, neurology, rheumatology, physiatry and pain management. In association with the Performing Arts Clinic, we care for musicians with performance-related injuries. Our goal is to decrease pain and restore mobility and quality of life.

Multiple services at multiple locations

Services are available at three locations: Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain and Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough.

We treat a range of conditions, including:

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