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The Only Urgent Care in Arizona Specializing in Hand Injury

In most cases, sudden injuries to the fingers, hands, and wrist are seen by urgent care facilities and hospital emergency rooms. Unfortunately, many conditions can be unnecessarily complicated by treatment from under-experienced providers, or subject to excessive delays while critical time passes by. Fortunately, The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix, Arizona can handle many urgent hand cases right in our office -usually in less than 24 hours. Our expert hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice, can examine, stabilize, and provide leading-edge treatment without the unnecessary delay of a hospital or urgent care facility.

We treat a variety of fractures and other injuries of the hand wrist and forearm. Patients are immediately evaluated by a leading hand surgeon, rather than a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. When indicated, additional imaging studies are performed on-site, such as x-ray or ultrasound. This is much more efficient than going to the emergency room or an urgent care center where patients will likely experience long wait times -and still have to follow-up with a specialist afterwards. By coming directly to The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute initially, patients will save time, money, and get appropriate treatment much faster than these alternative treatment options.

Same-Day Appointments. Specialized Urgent Hand Care.

Fractures

We treat fractures (broken bones) in the small bones of the fingers up to the forearm. Common symptoms after a fracture include:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Inability to move the finger
  • Shortened finger
  • Finger crosses over its neighbor when making a partial fist
  • Depressed knuckle

During your evaluation we will perform an examination of your hand, checking the position of the fingers, range of motion and determining if there is any numbness in the fingers consistent with nerve damage. Imaging studies may also be performed such as X-rays or an ultrasound to further evaluate any possible injuries. Fractures are typically seen within 24 hours. If necessary, surgery is generally performed the same day or the following day.

These injuries are treated with a splint, cast or surgery. When possible we use minimally invasive techniques, which can significantly reduce the recovery time and allow an earlier return to activity.

Nerve Injuries

The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute treats all nerve injuries, from the chronic compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome to the acute trauma, where the nerve has been injured. Symptoms can include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Weakness

When indicated, we perform nerve repair and nerve reconstructions utilizing the latest technology -which has demonstrated the fastest recovery possible. This includes using nerve graft material and stem cell technology.

Sprains and Ligament Injuries

A sprain is a stretching or a tearing of the ligament, the tissue that connects bones to one another and help support stability. Occasionally, these ligaments can become partially or completely torn off of the bone. Symptoms can include pain and/or weakness in the particular joint that was injured. It is critical to have these injuries evaluated appropriately to make sure proper treatment is initiated and to reduce the likelihood of further injury. When indicated we used minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy and stem cell technology to enhance the recovery process after these injuries.

Tendon Injuries

Tendons connect muscle to the bone and allow motion. Tendons can be injured from direct trauma, such as a deep cut. They can also occur when excessive force was used, and the tendon ruptures from the bone. Symptoms can include an inability to move joints of the wrist or fingers, and pain when attempting to move these joints. An examination is performed in the clinic along with x-rays, and when indicated, an ultrasound to further evaluate the possible tendon injury. It is critical that these injuries are treated appropriately, as a delay in treatment can significantly effect the outcome.

Please Contact Our Office Before Arriving

Our trained staff can provide guidance on wound care and splinting if needed. Injuries involving partial/full amputation of fingers, should be directed to a hospital or other urgent care for immediate treatment.

call 480-719-4750