Hand and upper extremity care
Orthopedic doctors specializing in hand and upper extremity care diagnose and treat issues related to the hands, wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders. They may provide surgical procedures for bone and joint injuries or non-surgical treatment for conditions like arthritis or tendonitis.
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
- 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
- Shoulder instability
- Tendon and ligament tears
- 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.
As much as possible, our physicians try nonsurgical treatments first, including:
- 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.
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.
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.