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Solutions for shoulder problems

The shoulders are the most mobile joints in the human body. They are a complex arrangement of structures that work together for the full range-of-motion arm movement you need for work, sports and most activities of daily living. They often suffer trauma or repetitive stress injuries that can damage or destabilize the shoulder joint.

People usually associate rotator cuff injuries with professional athletes who perform repeated overhead arm and shoulder motions such as throwing, catching or striking a ball. Surprisingly, most rotator cuff problems occur in nonathletes between 40 and 60 years old. Proper care and treatment of shoulder pain and injuries is critical.


Experienced treatment for shoulder conditions

The board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute have many years of experience treating damaged and painful shoulders. They are the physicians of choice for area athletes and nonathletes alike who have:

  • Tendonitis/bursitis (impingement)
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Labral tear and shoulder instability
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • AC separation

We treat most shoulder conditions without surgery. If surgery is necessary, we use the most advanced arthroscopic techniques to reduce discomfort and scarring and allow a faster recovery.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute also operates an onsite open MRI that allows us to deliver orthopedic care more efficiently, effectively and conveniently.

Solutions for hand injuries and wrist pain

Your wrists and hands are among the most often used structures in your upper extremities. Because you use them in so many ways, they can easily be injured or over-stressed. When this occurs, we can relieve your pain and restore your function. Our hand therapists work closely with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care. Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle. We treat conditions such as: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Repetitive motion syndromes
  • Traumatic hand injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Hand, wrist and forearm trauma
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Trigger finger
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • De Quervain’s disease
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Complex regional pain syndrome / RSD
  • Bones and frostbite
  • Amputations

Evaluation and treatment

Following a thorough evaluation, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for each client and may include:

  • Wound care
  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Control of swelling
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis and electrical stimulation
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Customized splint fabrication
  • Joint protection principles
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Home exercise programs

Find the light at the end of your carpal tunnel here

Wrist pain and hand injuries can interfere with your ability to work, play sports, care for your family or perform simple everyday tasks. Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and other problems can make using your hands and wrists difficult or impossible. Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons are well-trained and experienced helping people with wrist pain and hand injuries.

Experienced surgical care when you need it

When nonsurgical treatments – medication, injection therapies and physical therapy or occupational therapy – do not provide sufficient relief of pain and dysfunction, our experienced, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons may perform:

  • Wrist/thumb arthroplasty
  • Wrist/hand arthroscopy
  • Nerve and tendon repairs
  • Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release

Occupational therapy to promote healing and recovery

Our staff occupational therapists are also certified in hand therapy treatments. They provide therapeutic exercise and custom splints to help structures heal properly after surgery and prevent further injury. When surgery becomes the only option for the best outcome, we use the most advanced reconstruction techniques. Wrist pain and lost mobility due to carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and other hand/wrist problems can disrupt your life. Our goal is to relieve your pain and restore your function so you can resume enjoying the daily activities that mean so much to your life. So when you want first-rate orthopaedic care to relieve pain and restore function, count on Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute.

If you’re looking for top-notch care for shoulder, elbow or hand injuries, get in touch with us at 715.424.1881. For your convenience, you can use our Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. Our shoulder, elbow and hand patients come to us from Wisconsin, Black River Falls, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Plover, Eau Claire, Tomah and the surrounding areas.


"I am very impressed with the quality of treatment by the Doctors and all of the staff…excellent is the only word to describe my experience. - D.P."
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For your orthopedic needs, contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 . For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. We...
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