Dr. Carlton Clinkscales, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Littleton, CO and has been practicing for 24 years. He specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.


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Dr. Clinkscales' Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Hands
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Clinkscales treats Osteoarthritis of Hands more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Clinkscales treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Clinkscales treats Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Clinkscales treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
Limb Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Clinkscales treats Limb Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Clinkscales treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Clinkscales' conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess
  • Acute Gout
  • Amputation
  • Animal Bite
  • Anterior Interosseous Nerve Compression
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hand Pain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Injury
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Pain
  • Wrist Replacement

About Me

Care Philosophy

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 Unive...

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Education

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

Awards

  • 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

Dr. Clinkscales' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Clinkscales

4.7

Based on 100 reviews

5 Stars
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(91)
4 Stars
1%
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2%
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1 Star
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Great visit. Very good staff and doctor was great. Explained everything very well...great bedside manner!
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Had two carpel tunnel surgeries this summer. Extremely satisfied!!
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Terrific
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Dr. Clinkscales is a competent, caring, personable, patient centered surgeon. He has treated and/or performed surgery on my hand and elbow over the past 10 years. I trust him without hesitation. His office staff is equally competent and caring. They always follow up within 24 hours. I wouldn't go to any other surgeon in his area.
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Dr. Clinkscales is a very thorough, compassionate and conservative physician. He originally saw me for a hand problem and began using the least aggressive and invasive treatments in the hopes that would remedy the situation. He kept regular appraisals of my situation and we finally decided on surgery. Still hesitant, I told him I was going to seek a second and third opinion, which I did, and both other physicians agreed with Dr. Clinkscales, so I returned to him for the surgery. He is excellent in every way and I have total confidence in him and his capabilities.
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I have been a patient of Dr Clinkscales for over 20 years. I've had six various surgeries all performed with excellent skill and attention and I wouldn't trust anyone else for surgery on my hands. He's the best!
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Extremely friendly, efficient office . Dr. Clinkscales was very friendly and took his time explaining the cause of my problem. Would definitely recommend him for any wrist or hand issues.
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Superb knowledge and understanding of patient's surgical/medical condition. Takes his time explaining the diagnosis and course of action. Trustworthy!!!
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Outstanding!!! I would definitely recommend.
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Dr. Clinkscales gives your diagnosis in a language that you can understand. i believe that he is completely honest and provides options for your condition.
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72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

77% Patient experience rating, 8% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2017)

75% Patient experience rating, 6% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2017)

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2018)

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