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Our hand doctors at Flagstaff Bone & Joint are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of hand injuries and conditions.

Hand pain in patients can be the result of a condition that has developed over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, or of a recent injury from an accidental fall, such as a fracture. In some cases, and if not detected early, conditions such as carpal tunnel, pressure caused by repetitive motions on the median nerve, may create severe pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and forearm. The most frequent causes of pain can be related to a condition that has transpired over time.

When to See a Hand Doctor Near You

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of pain, it may be time to seek medical treatment from a doctor near you in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, or Kingman:

  • Increased hand and arm pain
  • Finger joint pain when carrying, gripping, grasping, or twisting objects
  • Swelling and discomfort
  • Changes in the surrounding joints—if you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your neighboring finger joints may become more mobile than normal
  • Palm, wrist, and fingers feel warm or appear red in color
  • Numbness, tingling, or throbbing while resting or sleeping
  • A sensation of grating or grinding —which this is caused by damaged cartilage
  • Developing cysts on the end joints of your fingers—which this is caused by conditions such as arthritis

Common orthopaedic conditions and problems patients suffer from include:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Trigger finger
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, we understand that pain can make simple, everyday activities challenging. Our specialty-trained hand surgeon and doctor know that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective care plan for your individual condition, providing you with all available treatment options, including the possibility of hand surgery.

To consult with a specialist at Flagstaff Bone & Joint, please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280. We have locations in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Kingman to best accommodate your needs. 

Why choose Flagstaff Bone & Joint?

At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, our hand doctor and surgeon in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Kingman have completed additional training specifically in the hand and wrist. With this advanced training, our specialists, Dr. John Flint, Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, and Dr. Brianna Patti, have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition individually to your needs exhausting nonsurgical and therapy treatments before considering surgery.

Learn About The Hand Team at Flagstaff Bone & Joint

Our specialty-trained specialists have extensive training in treating patients using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. Our fellowship-trained hand and wrist doctor and surgeons, Dr. John Flint, Dr. Kevin O'Donnell, and Dr. Brianna Patti, can provide the right treatment to meet your needs in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, or Kingman.

To consult with a doctor at The Hand Team at Flagstaff Bone & Joint, please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280.

Tips for Healthy Joints

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


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


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.


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 injury 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.

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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.