The UNC Hand Rehabilitation Center was established in 1962 by Dr. Earle Peacock, a pioneer in the field of hand and plastic surgery, and was the first of its kind in the United States. The upper extremity specialists consist of licensed occupational and physical therapists with extensive experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of disorders of the upper extremity.
Examples of common upper extremity conditions treated include: amputations, arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis), burns, carpal tunnel syndrome, congential anomalies, dislocation/ligament injuries, Dupuytren's contracture, fractures, joint sprains/strains, lacerations/open wounds, nerve injuries, lymphedema, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, tendon injuries, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, scars and overuse sydromes. Therapy is directed at recuperation and the regaining of function after treatment for various disorders of the upper extremity.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand at UNC provides a broad spectrum of treatment and surgery for disorders of the hand and wrist as well as rehabilitative services via the Hand Center.
The following is a list of common conditions of the hand which may require surgery:
- Treatment of traumatic and pathologic fractures and dislocations of the wrist and hand
- Treatment of the stiff hand
- Wrist arthroscopy
- Nerve compression syndrome
- Treatment of nerve injuries
- Tendon disorders
- Arthritis of the wrist/hand
- Soft tissue disorders
- Microvascular reconstruction of the upper extremity
- Congenital disorders
- Tumors of the hand and wrist
- Infections of the hand