Common Fractures of Upper Extremity [Video]
Ask the Expert: Hand Video Series
About the video: Common fractures of the upper extremity?
Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ hand experts Blake Hildahl, M.D. and Debra Parisi, M.D. discuss the most common fractures of the upper extremity.
Meet Dr. Blake Hildahl
Dr. Hildahl’s approach: “No operation should be carried out unless absolutely necessary… nor should a surgeon operate unless he would undergo the same operation himself in similar circumstances.” — Joan Hunter
Dr. Hildahl’s background: Dr. Hildahl completed the majority of his medical training throughout Wisconsin. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Following his residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he completed the Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Meet Dr. Debra Parisi
Dr. Parisi’s approach: “Injuries to your hand, wrist and elbow are very disruptive. After figuring out what’s going on I’ll tailor a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle and allows you to get back to essential activities and the activities you love to do.”
Dr. Parisi’s background: Dr. Parisi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Economics at Duke University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she continued onto Medical School at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. In medical school, Dr. Parisi reasoned that cardiology or radiology would complement her engineering background. She completed her Residency at New York University, Hospital for Joint Diseases. Following medical school and residency, Dr. Parisi completed a fellowship focused on surgery for upper extremity conditions.
Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise
The function of our hands integrates through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, Plymouth, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you
- Dr. Parisi’s Tips To Prevent Wrist Fractures
- Ask Dr. Parisi: How Are Wrist Fractures Treated?
- Meet Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Debra Parisi
- Meet Hand Surgeon Dr. Blake Hildahl
The most common fracture of the upper extremity is usually going to be a distal radius fracture. That can be slip and falls in someone with thinner bone. And in the younger population with thicker bone, it’s going to be more high-energy injuries like falling on the ski hill. Whereas someone with more osteoporotic bone, thinner bone, it might just be a slip and fall in the winter. Other fractures that we commonly see in upper extremity include fractures of the bones in the hand called the metacarpals or the phalangeals.
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Ask the Expert: Hand Video Series