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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained hand doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating hand injuries and conditions.

Pain in the hand can be caused by a wide range of issues, from a condition that has developed over time, such as carpal tunnel or arthritis, to a traumatic injury, such as a fracture or sprain.

In some cases, and if not detected early, conditions such as carpal tunnel may progress and worsen, causing severe pain and even immobility in the fingers, thumb, hand, and forearm. Lingering pain in the hand is often the result of a condition that has developed over time.

It may be time to seek medical treatment from a hand specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Increased hand and arm discomfort
  • Pain in the fingers while carrying, gripping, grasping, or twisting objects
  • Swelling and discomfort in the hand or afflicted joint
  • Changes in range of motion in the surrounding joints (for instance, if you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your adjacent finger joints may become more mobile than usual)
  • Warmth and/or redness in the hand, palm, and fingers
  • Numbness, tingling, or throbbing of the hand while resting or sleeping
  • A sensation of grating or grinding in the affected joint
  • The development of cysts on the end joints of your fingers

Our hand specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics understand that pain in the hand can disrupt your lifestyle and make simple, everyday activities difficult. Our doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a hand doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the hand, our esteemed hand specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating hand injuries and conditions.

Our hand doctors, Dr. Erik DorfDr. Peter Janes, and Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your hand injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a Vail-Summit Orthopaedics hand doctor, please request an appointment online.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.

Movement

Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.

Use

Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.

Posture

The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

Stay Active

Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.