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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.

Pediatric hand and arm specialists in Denver

If your child has an arm or hand injury or disorder, our pediatric orthopedic experts can help.

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children's pediatric orthopedic care team treats a wide range of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions in children of all ages. Our caring, kid-friendly approach will put your child at ease while we create a personalized plan to help them heal and grow.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Pediatric hand and upper extremity conditions we treat

Our pediatric orthopedic specialists treat a wide range of arm and hand injuries in children, including:

  • Amniotic banding
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Biceps tendon rupture
  • Bifid thumb
  • Boutonniere deformity
  • Boxer's fracture
  • Brachydactyly
  • Broken shoulder
  • Broken wrist
  • Burners and stingers
  • Cleft hand
  • Colles fractures
  • Condylar fractures
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Finger dislocation
  • Fingertip injuries
  • Flexor tendon Injuries
  • Fracture of the collarbone (clavicle)
  • Fracture of the shoulder socket (glenoid)
  • Fractures of the finger
  • Fractures of the greater tuberosity
  • Fractures of the hand
  • Fractures of the shoulder blade (scapula)
  • Ganglion cysts of the hand
  • Glenoid labrum tears
  • Hill-Sachs lesion
  • Hyperextension injury of the elbow
  • Kienbock's disease
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Loose shoulder
  • Mallet finger
  • Medial apophysitis (little league elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golf elbow)
  • Medial ulnar collateral ligament injury
  • Muscle imbalance in the shoulder
  • Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow
  • Overuse injuries of the elbow
  • Pollicization
  • Polydactyly
  • Radial head subluxation (nursemaid’s elbow)
  • Radioulnar synostosis
  • Rotator cuff injuries and tears
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Shoulder dislocation and separation
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Snapping scapula syndrome
  • Subacromial bursitis
  • Superior labrum from anterior to posterior (SLAP) tear
  • Swan neck deformity
  • Syndactyly
  • Tears volar plate injuries
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Throwing injuries of the elbow
  • Thumb ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC)
  • Triceps tendonitis
  • Trigger thumb
  • Webbed fingers
  • Winged scapula
  • Wrist sprain

Our pediatric hand and upper extremity care

Whether your child has a congenital abnormality, such as webbed fingers, or an injury, such as a forearm fracture, the pediatric orthopedic specialists at our hospital are here to diagnose and treat your child’s orthopedic condition with expertise and compassion.

Treating arm and hand injuries in children

Injuries of the hand and arm are common in children and adolescents, particularly in children who are very active and participate in organized sports. Student athletes who partake in sports that require repetitive activity, such as gymnastics, are exceptionally prone to hand and wrist injuries. Additionally, athletes involved in overhead activity, such as baseball, volleyball and swimming, are prone to elbow and shoulder injuries. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons commonly treat all of these acute and overuse injuries in children.

Comprehensive pediatric orthopedic care

We offer fellowship-trained physicians who develop a detailed treatment plan that includes a rehabilitation program focused on returning your child to play safely. When surgery is necessary, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons will discuss specialized, age-appropriate and minimally invasive surgical options with you and your child.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (877) 752-2737.

When to see a pediatric orthopedic specialist

Consulting a pediatric orthopedic surgeon or specialist is very important, especialy if your injured child is still growing.

Signs your child should see a pediatric orthopedist

Injuries that occur near the growth plate can be challenging to recognize, and appropriate treatment is necessary to ensure adequate management and healing. Our sports medicine specialists work with our orthopedists to make specific recommendations about rehabilitating the injury and safely returning to activity and sports.

Consult a pediatric orthopedic specialist if:

  • Your child’s pain, swelling and trouble using the arm or hand persists despite home treatment, which includes rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE)
  • Your child is unable to return to activities or sports
  • Your child has joint swelling, locking or instability