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Hand and upper extremity care

Some orthopedists specialize in diagnosing and treating issues related to the hands, wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders. These doctors may provide nonsurgical treatment for conditions like arthritis. They may also offer surgery for severe bone and joint injuries.

Shoulder, arm and hand surgeons in Denver

When a chronic condition or acute injury affects your arms and shoulders, we act quickly to get you moving again.

Our experienced specialists across the Rocky Mountain region give you personalized treatments and care. Ranging from basic casts to complex shoulder surgeries, we offer many different options to help you return to the activities you love.

Hand, wrist, arm and shoulder conditions we treat

Illnesses, sports injuries and age can negatively affect your hand, arm or shoulder. Our doctors offer relief for these conditions, including:

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Glenohumeral arthritis
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Joint dislocations
  • Labral and biceps tendon problems
  • Rotator cuff weakness or tears
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Shoulder instability
  • Tendon and ligament tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears

Our hand and upper extremity services

When you come to us for care, you'll benefit from our expertise and resources. Our teams offer many highly advanced programs and specializes in caring for shoulder conditions.

Nonsurgical treatments

As much as possible, our physicians try nonsurgical treatments first, including:

  • Braces
  • Compression
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation services

Hand and upper extremity surgeries

When nonsurgical treatments prove unsuccessful, we offer traditional and minimally invasive procedures including robot-assisted surgeries.

Some of the surgeries we perform are:

  • Arthritis surgery
  • Carpal tunnel surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Ulna collateral ligament (UCL) tears or skier's thumb repairs

Shoulder replacement surgery

If you live with lingering shoulder pain and nonsurgical treatments have been unsuccessful, our physicians may ultimately recommend shoulder joint replacement surgery. Replacement surgeries include outpatient procedures and minimally invasive procedures. These approaches may or may not involve a hospital stay. We work together with you and your other doctors to devise the treatment plan that leads to your swiftest recovery.

Advanced hand and upper extremity programs

Our facilities are led by experienced physicians who specialize in procedures for hand and upper extremity conditions. For conditions such as limb-threatening disorders, bone cancers or childhood orthopedic problems, we refer you to our network of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and pediatric orthopedic specialists.

Limb preservation

Our limb preservation experts are fellowship-trained physicians who provide care for many joint- or limb-threatening conditions, including bone cancers. We also work with local partners to more effectively treat complex limb preservation issues. For conditions such as bone tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, bone infections or blood flow issues, we can refer you to our partners at Colorado Limb Consultants.

Pediatric hand and upper extremity care

Our team of pediatric orthopedic specialists are specially trained to treat your child's bone issues, while considering their growing musculoskeletal system. We're skilled in handling everything from basic broken bones to complex UCL tears. No matter your child's condition or injury, our pediatric upper extremity physicians tailor care to meet your young one's needs.

Sports medicine

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, our sports medicine specialists can help. They have additional training to address the unique needs of both child and adult athletes. Our holistic approach to treating your injury or condition will include rehabilitation services that work to restore your function and get you back to your desired performance level.

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