The medical field of orthopedics isn’t limited to joint replacement or spine care. At HealthONE hospitals in the metro Denver area, we have board-certified orthopedic doctors and physical therapists that specialize in treating hand conditions and injuries. Our hand surgeons have received focused training in treating hand injuries or conditions. Whether you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or a simple wrist sprain, you can trust that HealthONE provides the best hand care in Colorado.
Excellent hand care, in your neighborhood
With hospitals across the greater Denver area, HealthONE offers you comprehensive hand care, no matter where you live. Hand surgeons, orthopedic doctors and therapists are available for consult or treatment at a number of our locations. Because Colorado’s stunning geography promotes an active lifestyle, knowing where a good hand specialist is can be invaluable in case of injury. We offer hand care at the following hospitals:
- Sky Ridge Medical Center
- Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
- Rose Medical Center
- Swedish Medical Center
- North Suburban Medical Center
- The Medical Center of Aurora
Common hand conditions and injuries
Hands are so important in how we interact with the world, from typing on a keyboard to enjoying the Colorado slopes while skiing. Injuries or diseases that impact your ability to use your hands can be debilitating to your daily life. In addition to hand trauma, our hand specialists and physical therapists treat a variety of conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist, resulting in a tingling numbness in your fingers and palm. Symptoms usually only occur in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. A good indication that you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome is if you are feeling numbness in all of your fingers except for your pinky finger. Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome include any form of arthritis in the wrist, pregnancy, wrist fracture and repeated movements of the wrist on a daily basis, especially repetitive movements that place your hands lower than your wrists.
Mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can typically be taken care of by home remedies like icing the wrist or using a wrist splint to relieve pressure at night. If numbness does not improve with non-interventional methods, carpal tunnel release surgery may be performed to reduce the pressure on the median nerve.
Getting medical attention and diagnosed quickly is important to your hands’ functionality, as untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to lasting nerve damage.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the lining of your joints. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis vary, but are marked by warm, swollen joints and firm bumps under your skin on your arms. Typically, symptoms usually start in your hands or feet and can spread to your knees, elbows and other parts of your body.
Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown and there is no permanent cure at this time, medication and therapy can relieve symptoms and protect your joints. Surgery may also be required to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Operations vary in scale from a minor operation to joint replacement surgery.
If rheumatoid arthritis goes untreated, it can result in potentially permanent joint deformity or bone erosion.