Traumatic Hand and Upper Extremity Injuries

Accidents happen, whether on the job, on the playing field, or in the home. And when they do, the complex bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the hand, wrist, arm, and elbow may suffer trauma such as severe bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, and tendon injuries.

The orthopaedic surgeons at UT Southwestern are experts at evaluating, diagnosing, and treating traumatic hand injuries and upper extremity injuries. We use the latest techniques and tools to treat your injuries and restore function to your hand, wrist, arm, or elbow.


Symptoms of traumatic hand injuries and upper extremity injuries include:

  • Pain, swelling, or bruising
  • Numbness or tenderness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Deformed or, in extreme cases, exposed bone 


Your surgeon will examine the hand or upper extremity and get a history of the injury.

In addition, he or she may order tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the extent of the injury.


Your orthopaedic surgeon at UT Southwestern is skilled in the latest treatments for traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries, including new types of bone plates and biologics such as bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) to supplement problematic bone healing, when necessary. 

We also may employ advanced grafting and flap surgery techniques to move skin, tissue, fat, blood vessels, or muscle from a healthy area of the body to the injured area. And when needed, we use trauma-friendly incisions to allow the soft tissue to heal alongside the bone and to avoid complications.

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Doctors Specializing in Traumatic Injuries