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Hand + Upper Extremity Care

We provide specialized, compassionate care for people living with conditions affecting the hands, wrists, arms and elbows. We treat all types of hand and upper extremity issues, from acute conditions like injuries to congenital malformations (disorders present at birth).

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You’re in good hands with us

It’s easy to forget how much we rely on our hands and arms until everyday tasks like eating, cleaning and hugging become more of a chore. Whether you’re recovering from an injury like a sprain or fracture or living with arthritis, you can count on our team of experts to over-deliver on your hand and upper extremity care.

Charles Cassidy, MD, Orthopaedist-in-Chief, examines the hands of patient in a clinic appointment at Tufts Medical Center.
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You can trust us to detect, diagnose and treat conditions affecting your hands, arms, elbows, fingers and wrists like:

Injuries to tendons
Ligaments and other soft-tissue
Neuromuscular disorders
Peripheral nerve disorders
Tennis elbow
Tumors of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow


We turn to the following tests to get a better understanding of your hand or arm condition:

These tests help us look for things like:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Nerve damage
  • Tumors 

We also take a hands-on approach to diagnosing these types of injuries with a procedure called arthroscopy. Arthroscopy involves making an incision roughly the width of a penny near the affected area to look at your joints, tendons and ligaments, using a fiber-optic video camera attached to a narrow tube.



Your hand and upper extremity health can have a big impact on other body parts. When you’re under our care, we’ll work together with some of the brightest minds in medicine, including our colleagues in:

Rehabilitation following elbow or hand surgery is an important stop along your road to recovery. Hand therapy improves your strength and overall function. Our specialists will teach you how to properly perform different exercises and strategies like:

  • Functional skills retraining
  • Hand splinting
  • Scar management
  • Sensory retraining
  • Strengthening and range of motion exercise programs
Charles Cassidy, MD (Orthopaedist-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center) performing hand surgery with help of team.
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From regular office visits to inpatient stays, find the healthcare you need and deserve close to home.

Kerry Ebert, MEd, OTR/L, adult occupational therapist, treating patient's arm.
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