A physical therapist examines a patient's hand.

Hand care treatment

Expert hand care and hand therapy at TRIA

Chronic hand and wrist pain can make it difficult to get through your normal routines. Even simple tasks like typing, using the phone and cooking can be challenging. Our expert hand specialists have helped thousands of people recover from hand and wrist conditions so they can get back to the things they love.

Our hand specialists work to give you outstanding, personalized care for even the most complex conditions. With innovative hand care services like specialized hand therapy, outpatient hand surgery, and the only integrative medicine program for hand and wrist conditions, our patient outcomes exceed the national average. We’ll be by your side from diagnosis to recovery and beyond.

"I'm extremely happy with the surgery! Also, EVERYONE IN THE [OPERATING ROOM] AND THE OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER WAS TERRIFIC!  I actually enjoyed my surgical visit a great deal (I know that sounds weird, but it's true). If you can pass that on, please do."

Hand care services we offer

Our hand care specialists have helped patients recover from many hand conditions – from the common to the complex. We provide comprehensive care for all types of conditions, including orthobiologics, medications and injections. Our specialized hand care offerings include:

Hand therapy

Our specialized hand therapists are experts at treating conditions that affect the hand, wrist, elbow and upper arm. We use hand therapy to treat many chronic issues that affect the hands and wrists, including carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, arthritis, and sprains and strains. It can also help treat conditions that affect the elbow and upper arm, like tennis elbow and cubital tunnel syndrome.

Hand therapy uses a combination of active and hands-on approaches and many other treatments to improve the function and mobility of your hand and upper extremities.

Our hand specialists have gone through extensive specialized training on how to care for even the most complex conditions . We’re one of the top hand therapy providers in the country, and our patient outcomes exceed the national average.

During a hand therapy appointment, one of our hand therapists will assess how well your hand or wrist functions and talk with you about your symptoms. Once we’re done with the exam, we’ll work with you to create a personalized hand therapy program that may include a combination of:

  • Activity modifications and ergonomics
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Custom splints
  • Edema control
  • Education about your condition
  • Manual therapy
  • Pain management
  • Sensory retraining
  • Therapeutic exercises (mobility and strength)
  • Wound care and scar management
Integrative medicine

We are the only program in the Twin Cities that offers integrative medicine specifically for people with chronic hand and wrist pain. Integrative medicine uses scientifically proven, holistic treatments to help manage pain and improve recovery time. We may recommend including yoga therapy, acupuncture and guided lifestyle changes in your treatment plan to improve your recovery.

Hand and wrist surgery

We’re one of the only hand care programs in the Twin Cities that performs most of our hand surgeries as outpatient procedures at our clinics, in our specialized  hand procedure rooms. There are many benefits to providing outpatient hand surgery:

  • Outpatient hand surgery is typically more affordable compared to surgeries performed in a hospital.
  • We use local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, which makes procedures much quicker. Surgical appointments in our hand procedure rooms take about 90 minutes.
  • Many of our patients tell us that outpatient hand surgery is a more convenient option for them. With an outpatient surgery, you can drive yourself to and from your appointment, eat breakfast in the morning and head home the same day.

Surgery can be used to treat a wide range of hand and wrist conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, ganglion cysts, arthritis, tendon injuries and fractures. We’ll work with you to determine if surgery is the best treatment option for you. If surgery is needed, we’ll let you know how to prepare and answer all your questions about the procedure.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

In most cases, hand and wrist conditions can be treated without surgery. The only way to know if surgery is needed is to talk with a doctor.

Our hand specialists will determine if nonsurgical treatments can manage your condition, or if surgery is needed. We’ll only guide you toward surgery if it’s the best treatment for you.

No, hand therapy can be used to treat issues that affect the hand, wrist, elbow and upper arm. Despite their name, hand therapists have comprehensive training on the whole arm.

We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, PreferredOne and many others.

You can check with your insurance to see if your plan covers part or all of the services needed. Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.

Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started: