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Hand & Upper Extremity Disorders

A congenital hand disorder is a condition that is present at birth. Although heredity is known to be a contributing factor in some congenital hand anomalies, most congenital hand disorders occur with no known cause and cannot be prevented. Other hand disorders develop over time because of other conditions, illness or injury. The Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) team of hand specialists has monthly clinics focused on diagnosis and treatment of hand disorders.

Common congenital hand conditions include: 

  • Extra fingers (Polydactyly)
  • Webbed fingers (Syndactyly)
  • Missing fingers (Symbrachydactyly)
  • Abnormal thumbs
  • Limited movement or stiff joints (Arthrogryposis)

Hand disorders that occur because of illness or injury:
OIC treats children that need reconstruction surgery because of illnesses such as cerebral palsy or juvenile arthritis, following trauma or have hand disorders related to neurological conditions or nerve injuries. Examples include:

  • Limb disorders due to cerebral palsy
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Growth disorders in the upper limb
  • Nerve and skeletal injuries

Our goal is to help each child obtain the best function and to be as independent as possible. The hand surgeons at OIC train doctors from around the world in the treatment of a wide range of hand disorders.

More information on Hand & Upper Extremity Disorders:
Elbow Fractures
Wrist Fractures