Upper Extremity (Shoulder, Elbow, Hand & Wrist)

Activities as simple as writing and typing, or as complex as athletics, demand a symphony of bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage we call the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, also referred to as the upper extremities. Injury to these surprisingly resilient, yet delicate structures can prevent patients from performing everyday activities, playing sports or even working.

Upper Extremity Conditions We Treat
At Houston Methodist we use the latest, leading-edge practices and treatments. Our physicians have extensive expertise in diagnosing and treating these upper extremity conditions and injuries caused by trauma, degenerative disease, congenital malformation and other conditions: 

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Dislocations
  • Joint instability and separations
  • Labral tears
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Tendons and ligament tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger release
  • Tumors
  • Ulnar collateral ligament rupture (Tommy John surgery, a surgical graft that replaces the injured UCL with a tendon taken from somewhere in the patient's body) 

Treatment options include physical or occupational therapy, minimally invasive endoscopy and arthroscopic procedures, more advanced reconstruction surgery and joint replacement. While our orthopedic specialists always prefer to take the least-invasive approach first, we treat each case individually and comprehensively and will recommend surgery if necessary.

For additional information, visit our shoulder, elbow, and hand and wrist Where Does it Hurt information.

Treatment Locations

Our physicians specialize in managing the upper extremities at convenient Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine locations.