Older adults and upper extremity issues

November 1, 2022

The risk for upper extremity injuries increases with age, said Dr. Brett Bentley, a sports medicine physician at University Medical Center. Bentley provided information about common upper extremity issues in older adults during an October Mini Medical School presentation. The Mini Medical School lecture series is a collaboration of The University of Alabama OLLI program and CCHS, which operates UMC. Bentley is also assistant professor of family medicine at CCHS.

According to Bentley, the most common upper extremity issues in older adults are:

Bentley said many of these upper extremity issues and injuries can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, splints. He said they rarely require surgery.