We often don’t appreciate how much we use our arms—until they aren’t working correctly. Upper extremity issues can cause everyday tasks to become a struggle—whether it’s typing an email or simply trying to get dressed in the morning. At Riverview Health, our fellowship-trained upper extremity specialists are experienced in treating conditions affecting everything from your fingertips to your shoulders, so you can go on living.

Our team is equipped to diagnose and treat a variety of upper extremity issues through nonsurgical or surgical approaches. During your visit, our specialists will determine the most effective treatment options to help you regain mobility and decrease pain as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you require surgery, our clinicians will be with you each step of the way—from preparing you for what to expect before surgery, to overseeing your post-operative care and physical therapy.

Occupational Therapy for the Hand

At Riverview Health we are proud to offer patients a comprehensive occupational therapy program. This program includes conservative and post-operative care for a variety of hand diagnoses. Our experienced therapists focus on controlling pain, reducing swelling, maximizing range of motion, gaining strength and educating patients.

Common hand diagnoses or injuries seen in therapy include: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren’s Contractures
  • Fractures of the finger, wrist and elbow
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Joint replacements and reconstructions
  • Lateral/medial elbow epicondylitis
  • Nerve repairs
  • Tendon repairs
  • Trigger finger


Conditions We Treat

  • Arthritis––hand, wrist and shoulder (rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthrosis)
  • Bicep tears
  • Broken Bones––adults and children
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Congenital deformities
  • DeQuervain’s tendonitis
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Flexor tendon and extensor tendon injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Muscle tears
  • Overuse injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Separated and dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder instability
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger
  • Work related injuries/worker's compensation

New Patient Appointment Request

If you are a new patient, please complete the below information to request an appointment with one of our orthopedic and sports medicine specialists. One of our staff members will contact you within two business days. If you are a current patient trying to schedule an appointment, please call your healthcare provider's office.


Note: This form does not guarantee you an appointment and should not be used for emergency or same-day requests.

Providers in this service

  • Stephen P. Jacobsen, MD

    Stephen P. Jacobsen, MD

  • Norman  Mindrebo, MD

    Norman Mindrebo, MD

  • Heather C. Williams, MD

    Heather C. Williams, MD