Restore pain-free movement & function. Welcome to Hand to Shoulder Associates

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The Largest Fellowship Trained Hand and Upper Extremity Surgical Group in Illinois.

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Board Certified Specialists in the Surgical & Non-Surgical treatment of Hand, Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist.

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Proudly Serving the Chicago Metro Area for over 40 years.

Meet Our Surgeons Fellowship-Trained, Board-Certified

The fellowship-trained, board certified surgeons at HSA focus solely on all aspects of the entire upper extremity and are at the top of their respective fields in orthopedic and hand surgery. They provide treatment for all injuries/diseases of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand ranging from simple problems to the most complicated conditions.

Michael I.
Vender, MD

With profound expertise in hand and wrist surgery, Dr. Michael I. Vender stands as a preeminent practitioner, active both in Illinois and the broader national arena. As a trailblazing authority, he holds a storied legacy of addressing hand and wrist injuries and conditions, spanning several decades, earning him well-deserved acclaim in the field.

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Michael I. Vender, MD

Scott D.
Sagerman, MD

Devoting his professional journey to cutting-edge surgery for hand, elbow, wrist, and shoulder concerns, Dr. Sagerman tirelessly works to reinstate ease, movement, and capability. His excellence has earned him recognition as a distinguished Top Doctor by Castle Connolly. He has also served as an instructor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School.

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Atluri MD

At Hand to Shoulder Associates, Dr. Atluri introduces his exceptional prowess in microvascular hand surgery. Rooted in substantial experience and comprehensive medical training, his advanced proficiency addresses an array of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder ailments. His distinction as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor further underscores his contributions to the field.

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Prasant Atluri MD

Sam J.
Biafora, MD

Dr. Sam Biafora specializes in upper extremity surgery, combining surgical acumen with genuine empathy. Pioneering the frontier of cutting-edge advancements, he stays ahead in the field. Since 2018, his unwavering commitment has earned him the distinguished title of a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, specializing exclusively in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery.

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Michael V.
Birman, MD

Dr. Birman's educational journey showcased brilliance as he achieved academic excellence. Graduating summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering. Shifting his trajectory, he embraced the realm of orthopedic medicine, solidifying his commitment to healthcare.

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Ajay K.
Balaram, MD

Having fulfilled his orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Balaram embarked on a specialized path. His journey led him to conquer the Kaplan Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at New York University Hospital in Manhattan. His distinction as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor further validates his expertise and dedication to the field.

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Dr. Birman performed surgery on my wrist. Not only was he very good about explaining everything from cause to procedure to prognosis in simple terms, I had absolutely NO pain after surgery. My wrist is wrapped perfectly. The staff have been great about checking in, availability, and plain ole kindness. 5 star medical and 5 star service. Thank you!

Eva K. Wrist Surgery

I felt well taken care of. The nurses were polite, professional and informative. This was my first surgery, ever and the doctor was straightforward about the process, made sure all my questions were answered and that I was confident in the process. I am in physical therapy here now, and the staff on the physical therapy side is very helpful, kind and professional. This is a world class office. Thanks for making my first surgery and stitches (at 37 years old) a good experience. I felt well taken care of, I am very grateful for that. I will be telling everyone that asks and/or that I know that I recommend this office and Dr. Atluri, personally.

Jacob M. Surgery

I had two carpal tunnel surgeries performed. Dr. Vender took the time prior to my surgeries to explain what would happen and answer all of my questions. My worries about undergoing surgery were eased by both his confidence and his kindness. I was extremely happy with the follow-up care provided by Hand to Shoulder Associates. Dr. Vender had a way of making me feel like I was his only patient and never made me feel rushed. He asked questions about my recovery and listened to my responses offering suggestions and even calling in an occupational therapist to consult when I had questions about my scar. Every nurse I encountered was personable and kind while being effective. I can't say enough wonderful things about the two women working the front desk. It was truly refreshing to be met with a smile when entering their office for an appointment. I highly recommend Dr. Vender and Hand to Shoulder Associates.

Colleen B. Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Ortho doctors with great bedside manners as well as being excellent surgeons. The level of care and caring is some of the best I have experienced. I had wrist surgery which healed quickly and with no noticeable scarring. I highly recommend this practice.

Mary S. Wrist Surgery

All aspects of my surgical experience were perfect. Dr. Vender is extremely competent and professional. As a nurse, I am very picky about whom I would ask to perform surgery on me, and if I need him again, I will return!

Kathleen J. Surgery
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Workers compensation Get back to your active career

Injuring yourself on the job is serious, and our team understands the urgency that can accompany your drive to get better and return to work as soon as possible. The Hand to Shoulder Associates team has extensive experience with workers’ compensation evaluations, and we’ll work closely with you to ensure that you receive the care and compensation you need, so you can get back to work and return your life to normal.

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Our locations Eight locations in the Chicago land area

When it comes to medical care, few things beat convenience. This is exactly why Hand to Shoulders Associates is excited to offer patients a total of eight locations conveniently spread throughout the Chicagoland area. No matter where you might find yourself after an injury or accident, our team will be able to offer you the care and attention you deserve.

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11921 S Cicero Ave
Alsip, IL 60803

(847) 956-0099
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1800 Hollister Dr, Suite 121
Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 956-0099
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391 S. Bolingbrook Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

(847) 956-0099
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Rockford-East State

6595 E State Street
Rockford IL 61108

(847) 956-0099
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600 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661

(847) 956-0099

6 Corners – Chicago

4211 N Cicero Ave, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60641

(847) 956-0099
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360 W. Butterfield Road, Suite 150
Elmhurst, IL 60126

(847) 956-0099
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Arlington Heights

515 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Hts, IL 60005

(847) 956-0099
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Surgical Treatment Options

Few things create a lasting sense of peace of mind like the knowledge that you’re under the care of some of the most extensively trained surgeons available. At Hand to Shoulders Associates, our physicians are double board-certified and fellowship-trained, each one offering you the latest techniques and most advanced treatment modalities, so you can rest, recover, and get back to what’s important.

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Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Hand to Shoulder Associates offers an array of non-surgical remedies for hand, elbow, and shoulder injuries. Our holistic approach encompasses targeted therapies, physical rehabilitation, and personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific condition. With a focus on minimizing pain, restoring mobility, and optimizing function, we strive to provide comprehensive and effective alternatives to surgery, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.

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Occupational & Physical Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

At HSA, we provide specialized treatments for occupational and physical osteoarthritis. Our multifaceted approach includes customized interventions such as physical therapy, joint injections, pain management strategies, and lifestyle adjustments. With a focus on reducing discomfort, enhancing joint function, and improving overall quality of life, our dedicated team collaborates to create tailored plans that address the unique challenges posed by osteoarthritis, ensuring optimal outcomes for our patients.

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Sports Injury Treatment Options

Our sports injury treatments at HSA encompass a comprehensive range of solutions tailored to your specific needs. Our expert team employs advanced techniques, including physical therapy, targeted exercises, bracing, and minimally invasive interventions to expedite healing and restore peak performance. Whether you're an athlete or a recreational enthusiast, our personalized approach aims to alleviate pain, enhance recovery, and optimize your return to sports and activities with confidence.

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Arthritis Treatment Options

Arthritis treatments at HSA encompass a comprehensive approach to managing this condition. Our strategies include personalized medication plans, physical therapy, joint injections, and lifestyle modifications to alleviate pain and enhance joint function. Our dedicated team collaborates to create tailored solutions, aiming to slow disease progression and improve your overall quality of life. With a focus on long-term well-being, we strive to empower you with effective tools for managing arthritis and maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle.

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Evaluation & Diagnostics Independent Medical Evaluation

At HSA, we prioritize your well-being and understanding throughout the medical journey. In response to the request from a patient’s doctor, employer, or claim manager, we have dedicated board-certified orthopedic surgeons ready to perform a thorough and impartial evaluation of medical conditions.

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Certainty sits at the core of effective medical care, which is why we offer a series of evaluation and diagnostic services. Our advanced techniques and cutting-edge technology will help us get to the bottom of whatever ails you, so we can set you on a course to recovery and ensure that you’re able to receive the care and compensation you deserve.

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