Upper extremity differences that are present at birth are called congenital abnormalities or disorders. These differences may range from mild, such as constriction bands on the fingers, to severe, such as part of an arm remaining unformed. In other cases the fingers may be fused together or there may be extra fingers present. Some congenital problems may be inherited, others may be traced to the forming of the baby within the womb, and others have no known cause. Many types of treatments are currently available, including therapy, prostheses, and surgery. The specialists at the Long Island Hand to Shoulder Center will work with you to find the best solution for your child.
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