The Upper Extremity Center at KIMS addresses pain symptoms related to shoulder, arm, and hand problems. Sometimes upper extremity injuries can be caused by traumatic injury from an automobile accident, fall or impact from a contact sport. Other times, upper extremity problems are caused by a strain of tendons and joints from repetitive activities. Tennis players can develop extensive shoulder and elbow problems from the repetitive strain on the racquet arm. Overhead motions required by tennis serve or throwing a ball or football, all can lead to a shoulder strain. KIMS Orthopedic Institute has physicians who specialize in arm and hand and treat a variety of surgical and nonsurgical problems, in addition to a team of physical therapists and occupational therapists. Unlike some other orthopedic problems, those suffering from pain symptoms in the shoulder, arm, hand, and wrist can span all age ranges, from young
Children to older adults. For younger people, overuse injuries can be a common by-product of active participation in competitive sports. The training involved in competitive sports can lead to joint or ligament strain, or even stress fractures in the bones in the arm and hand. For older people, since arthritis becomes more commonplace with age, shoulder pain can become more prevalent. Work-related injuries also play a large role with upper extremity injuries, especially where a person has a job involving heavy manual labor. The good news is that many shoulders, arm, and hand problems can be addressed with minimally invasive surgery involving tiny incisions and the use of scopes. This shortens the incision and lessens disruption to the muscles and joint area. The hands and upper extremities are some of the most complex and important parts of our body, allowing us to function and communicate in the world. Throughout our lives, our hands, wrists, forearms, and elbows are extremely vulnerable to injuries, overuse, and numerous conditions including arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.