Hand Surgery and Congenital Hand Program
Did you know that approximately one in every 600 babies is born with an abnormality of the upper limbs? These children often experience problems related to the shape and function of their hands. Because the hand is such a delicate balance of working parts, even the most minor abnormalities or seemingly slight injuries could cause a significant decrease in hand function. At the Phoenix Children’s Hand Clinic, we address common concerns including your child’s hand appearance, how your child develops skills and how to feel about his or her hand. Our number one goal is to improve the function of the hand but its aesthetics as well.
All babies born with congenital hand differences should be evaluated by a hand specialist to make an individual assessment of the type. Because there are so many different congenital hand differences, it is important for a child to be evaluated by a hand surgery specialist to help determine if any treatment is needed.
As the only dedicated pediatric hand program in Arizona, we offer comprehensive consultation, treatment and rehabilitation for congenital or acquired (injury) hand conditions.
Congenital hand differences include:
- Syndactyly (webbed or fused fingers)
- Hypoplastic thumbs
- Longitudinal deficiencies
- Radial club hand
- Arthrogryposis (multiple joint shortening)
Services and conditions treated also include:
- Fracture/crush injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Post-traumatic reconstructions
- Tendon repairs
- Tendon transfers
- Distraction lengthening
Occupational therapists from the Frances H. McClelland Rehabilitation Program at Phoenix Children's focus on functional recovery from an upper-extremity injury or disease. Treatment programs are individualized to meet the goals of each of our patients—and this is achieved through close communication between the referring physician, the hand therapist and the patient and his or her family.
Common treatments provided by our therapists are:
- Splint fabrication: static, dynamic/progressive, fracture bracing
- Joint range of motion/stretching
- Pre-op hand evaluation
- Functional skills training
- Assistive equipment
- Various therapies (hot/cold packs, paraffin wax dips, etc.)
- Postoperative rehabilitation
For more information on our Hand Clinic, call 602-933-0500.