Dr. Carlton Clinkscales, MD

Dr. Carlton Clinkscales, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
54 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Carlton Clinkscales, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Littleton, CO. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 29 years.

Hand Surgery Associates PC

7750 S Broadway Ste 160

Littleton, CO 80122
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Accepted insurance

  • AARP
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas


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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
very high
more than 96% of peers
Limb Pain
very high
more than 90% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
more than 88% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Clinkscales "Dr. Clinkscales is a fellowship-trained, orthopaedic hand and upper extremity surgeon who joined Hand Surgery Associates in 1998. After completing a degree in Religion from Davidson College in 1985, he moved on to his medical education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Clinkscales then moved on to his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, after which he completed his fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center. His prestigious CV includes time spent as the President of the Rocky Mo"


  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acute Gout
  • Animal Bite
  • Anterior Interosseous Nerve Compression
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Pain
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Nerve Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain


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  • Amputation
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Davidson College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • Emory University
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Mayo Medical School
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Mayo Graduate School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Indiana Hand Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Top Surgeons of America, 2010, 2009
  • 5280 Magazine's TOP DOCS, 2010
  • 5280 Magazine's TOP DOCS, 2011
  • Global directory of WHO'S WHO, 2010
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Clinkscales' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Clinkscales to family and friends
based on 40 total reviews (12 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (40)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Clinkscales' Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (12)

in Littleton, CO |
I offer my full recommendation of Dr. Carlton Clinkscales, who performed a CMC joint arthroplasty on my left hand eight months ago. Of course, it is because of his immense surgical skills that I now have a fully-functioning, pain-free, beautifully normal-looking hand! Toss in his warm and...more
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I have used Dr clink scales for two different surgeries over the last 3 years. Very professional, very compassionate and good at what he does. I recommend him highly
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in Littleton, cherry Hills CO |
I was happy with the wait time for my appointment and the time Dr Clinkscales took to explain my diagnosis. I definitely would recommend this group to others.! nancy
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in Littleton, CO |
I would (and have) recommended Dr. Clinkscales....100% Dr, Clinkscales listens! He listens without intruption. He explains so that you understand. He cares. He is an awesome doctor that has taken care of “3”......soon to be “5” trigger fingers for me..I can’t say enough about this wonderful doctor....more
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in Littleton, CO |
Very good experience. First time patient. Middle finger lock-ups on both hands. Gave injections and will take a while to work properly. Injections painful but the result should be worth it.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Clinkscales accepts 14 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Guardian
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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