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Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic

Includes specialty programs: Motion Analysis Lab

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We are one of the few programs in the country that specializes in the care of the hand and upper extremity in infants, children and teens. We offer the full range of services – from microsurgical reconstruction of bones and soft tissue, to reconstructive surgery for injuries, to the treatment of congenital deformities and other conditions such as cysts, masses and nerve conditions.

We offer a host of treatment options including casting, bracing and therapeutic modalities. At times, reconstructive surgeries, including nerve repair, tendon repairs or transfers, fracture fixation, skeletal lengthening and microvascular surgery, are used.

We evaluate and treat children with congenital differences of the upper extremity as well as acquired and traumatic disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow. Other conditions we treat are:

  • polydactyly (extra digits)
  • syndactyly (webbed or joined fingers)
  • cerebral palsy
  • joint contractures
  • amniotic band syndrome
  • sports injuries to hand, wrist and elbow

Locations

Contact Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic

330-543-3500

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Orthopedics
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-5001
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Orthopedics, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, Boardman
6505 Market Street
Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1946
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Orthopedics, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Orthopedics, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center, North Canton
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Drew Engles
Drew Engles, MD

Hand and Microvascular Surgeon

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Physicians/Providers:

Stephanie Russo, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Jeralyn Barnett, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Cara Mossides, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Other Providers:

Jaime Bass, OTR/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist; Certified Hand Therapist

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Lori Jubara, OTR/L, CHT

Certified Hand Therapist

Open Clinical Studies

Assessment of reachable workspace in patients undergoing elbow or shoulder surgery

Use of markers with motion capture to see the space patients can reach with their hands before and after undergoing elbow or shoulder surgery.

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Assessment of reachable workspace in patients with Brachial Plexus (BP) or Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Use of markers with motion capture to see the space patients can reach with their hands to discover deficits in patients with Cerebral Palsy or Brachial Plexus.

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Motion Capture to Assess Function of Upper Extremities in Typically Developing Children

The study will use reflective markers that track movements to assess how children with no current injuries or health conditions can position and move their arms.

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What to Expect at Your Visit

Our hand surgery team includes hand surgeons, advanced practice providers, and hand therapists. At your clinic visit, your child’s hand or upper extremity will be examined. Our providers may incorporate toys or other interactive approaches to help your child feel comfortable during the visit. Diagnostic studies, such as x-rays, may be performed during the visit or scheduled, as appropriate. If your child may benefit from hand therapy, a hand therapist can see them during the same visit and help coordinate therapy services near your home. If your child needs a cast or a brace, these will be applied during the visit.


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

Amniotic band syndrome, arthrogryposis, avulsion fracture, brachial plexus injury, brachial plexus, buckle fracture, bursitis, camptodactyly, carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, cleft hand, congenital limb differences, distal radius fracture, duplicated thumb, Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, extensor tendon laceration, extra fingers, finger lacerations, fracture, ganglion cyst, gamekeeper’s thumb, golfer’s elbow, growth plate injury, humerus fracture, hypoplastic thumb, joint effusion, mallet finger, nail injuries, neurofibromatosis, nerve compression, nerve injuries, neuromuscular disorders, nursemaids’ elbow, pitcher’s elbow, polydactyly, radial club hand, spiral fracture, stress fracture, subluxation of shoulder, supernumerary digits, supination, syndactyly, tendinitis, tendon injury, tendon lacerations, tetraplegia, TFCC tears, trigger thumb or finger, tuft fracture, ulnar club hand, ulna styloid fracture, ulnar abutment syndrome, webbed fingers, wrist pain



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