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Hand and upper extremity

Hand and upper extremity

The specialized orthopaedic team at Shriners for Children Medical Center — Pasadena provides complex, compassionate care for children with disorders that affect the hand, elbow and shoulder including painful joints, fractures or cerebral palsy.

Our medical team works to advance the lives of children through leading-edge surgical care, therapy and research for the many children with a congenital or birth-related difference in their hands, fingers or arms.

Conditions treated include:

  • Adactyly
  • Amniotic band syndrome/constriction bands
  • Cleft hand/central deficiency/ectrodactyly
  • Congenital amputation (transverse deficiency)
  • Congenital radial head dislocation
  • Polydactyly
  • Proximal radio-ulnar synostosis
  • Radial aplasia
  • Radius deficiency
  • Symbrachydactyly
  • Syndactyly
  • Thumb deficiency
  • Trigger finger/thumb
  • Ulnar deficiency

Traumatic injuries

  • Dislocations
  • Fracture follow-up
  • Nerve and tendon injuries
  • Post-traumatic deformities

Neuromuscular conditions

  • Arthrogryposis
  • Brachial plexus birth palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord injury

Occupational therapy at Shriners for Children Medical Center is a unique form of rehabilitation that provides care to our patients who may be experiencing a variety of medical conditions, disabilities or dysfunctions in an effort to increase their ability to participate in life’s everyday activities.

Our hand therapists use their knowledge of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder to reduce functional problems and promote healing. Some common therapy interventions include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving strength and range of motion (ROM)
  • Training to improve daily function
  • Custom splint fabrication
  • Manual therapy to promote optimal movement
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT)
  • Prosthesis training
  • Taping to control or facilitate movement
  • Return to sport
  • Improving motor coordination skills
  • Adaptive aid/equipment training
  • Conservative pain management
  • Activity modification education