Hand specialists in Denver

At HealthONE hospitals, our board-certified hand and arm specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the upper extremities. In fact, our hand surgeons, orthopedic doctors and therapists are available for consult or treatment at a number of our locations throughout the Greater Denver area.

This means that whether you have a pulled elbow, hand injury or another condition in your arm, we provide comprehensive care to get you on the road to recovery.

For more information about HealthONE's hand and upper extremity care services, please call (303) 575-0055.

Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions we treat

Our hand and arm specialists provide treatment for a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Broken bone
  • Bursitis
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Dislocation
  • Elbow injury
  • Fracture
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Joint pain and joint disease
  • Shoulder weakness/pain
  • Sprained ligament
  • Strained muscle or tendon
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Trigger finger
  • Wrist injury

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. This results in tingling or numbness in your fingers and palm.

If you experience this, prompt medical attention is important to preserve your hand's functionality. Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome may lead to lasting nerve damage.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Cramping, weakness or clumsiness in the hand
  • Hand stiffness
  • Pain or numbness in your thumb and fingers (Many people have numbness in all fingers except the pinky.)
  • Pain that moves up the arm

Mild symptoms can typically be relieved with home remedies, such as applying ice to the wrist or using a wrist splint to relieve pressure. If numbness does not improve with these types of noninvasive methods, carpal tunnel release surgery may be performed to reduce the pressure on the median nerve.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation in the lining of your joints. If it goes untreated, it may result in permanent joint deformity or bone erosion.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis vary, but you will typically experience swollen joints and firm bumps under your skin on your arms. Usually, symptoms start in your hands or feet and can spread to your knees, elbows and other parts of your body.

The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, and there is no permanent cure at this time. However, medication and therapy can relieve symptoms and protect your joints. A range of surgeries, from minor procedures to joint replacement, may also be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Hand and upper extremity treatments

Our hospitals provide comprehensive orthopedic care, and our hand specialists are trained in a variety of nonsurgical and surgical treatments.

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:

  • Ice therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting and other supportive techniques
  • Surgery

Physical therapy and rehabilitation may be prescribed as a treatment or postoperative care. If physical therapy is part of your care plan, our therapists will personalize a therapy regimen to help you restore function, strength and movement to the affected area.

Before recommending hand, elbow, shoulder or wrist surgery, we will exhaust all nonsurgical treatment options. If a procedure is necessary, we use minimally invasive surgery whenever possible.

Shoulder replacement surgery

A shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged shoulder joint with a prosthesis, or an artificial component. The damage, caused by injury or disease, can make repetitive shoulder motions severely painful.

Injury or disease can lead to damage in the shoulder that makes repetitive arm motions severely painful. Through a shoulder replacement surgery, our orthopedic surgeons can alleviate that pain and restore your range of motion. During this surgery, the surgeon will replace the damaged shoulder joint with a prosthesis (implant).

Hand & Reconstructive Center of Colorado

The Hand & Reconstructive Center of Colorado at The Medical Center of Aurora is a plastic surgery clinic. The hand surgeons in this clinic help restore appearance and function for patients with disfiguring and/or painful conditions. Common conditions we treat include trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.