U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Rhett Griggs

Hand Surgery
Gunnison, CO
19 years experience

Locations

Griggs Orthopedics

CB, CO

Address

433 6th street, CB, CO
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Show more

Practice website

Griggs Orthopedics

Gunnison, CO

Office

Crested Butte, CO

About

Bio

I am an athlete, father, sports surgeon, hand surgeon, trauma surgeon. I choose to live in the mountains of colorado for my children, yet close enough to boulder for the athletes and city.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hand Surgery

Doctor Q&A

536 Answers
627 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Generally: Fairly reproducible but can have some variance. Find a good ortho doc.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Possible: However jot probable. Tremors can be normal. How long has it been there? What does your diet consist of? Do you smoke or take medications that can cau... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Although there is no fracture, crush injury can cause significant damage and pain from soft tissue injury.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
DMSO: Is a veterinary drug that is rarely used by humans. Sparingly at best and do not overdo it. Talk to the doc that prescribed it or a pharmacist.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: How long bn visits? Did you have a scope? Did the second one have weighted xr? Need more info.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Epicondylitis/tendonitis, nerve compression. Try rest, splinting, ice, nsaids, compression and if not better see a ortho doc.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: That would be a good plan. Seek the assistance of experience to get you on a good program.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Synovitis, tendonitis, imbalance. See ortho doc or good physical therapist.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Hand Surgeon:: A hand surgeon deals with both surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions and problems that may take place in the hand or upper extremity (comm... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Bone heals in 4-8 weeks. Vitamin c and calcium will help with healing.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Was there a fracture? If not it can take up to 6 months minimum. 12 months is not unheard of. Rehab, rehab, rehab. Muscle balance, esp glute strength... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Climbing: Push ups, pull ups, etc.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Patellofemoral: Usually patellofemoral pain. Could be tendonitis. See an orthopedist. Strengthen your butt and the inside muscle of your thigh...The vmo.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Well...: There are controversies...However high intensity training (hit) usually burns more calories in the same time period.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Not permanently: Just while you heal...Then restart. What workouts are you doing?
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Both: Born with it or acquired through trauma or arthritis.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Well: I'm not a psychiatrist...But it means he likes you and wants more than to be friends...And really has nothing to do with the dream, just a way to attr... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Weight lifting, plyometrics, uphill running...But best of all is alpine skiing.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Best: Be seen to get a thorough evaluation.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Compression fracture: Fracture of a bone from longitudinal force, usually referred to in the spine.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Sanitizer: A solution that cleans the hand. Usually alcohol based.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Ice, nsaids, pain meds, splinting, compression, rest, elevation and tendon gliding exercises are a good start. See a hand doctor to determine cause.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Hand swelling: Edema in the area between the wrist and finger tips...
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Focus : On nutrition. Get a personal trainer to help optimize your time.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Yes : Nerve contusion and injury can result.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Hip fracture: A fracture of the superior portion of the femur. Base of neck, neck or base of head.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Could be swelling, infection, clot, nerve compression. See a hand doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Time, diligence and following advise of your pt and md.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: You have done alot. Sympathectomy may be indicated. See a hand doctor.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable.: Need more info but tendonitis, arthritis, etc.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Cover it.: Keep it clean, wrapped and change bandages 1-3x per day.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Splint: Cast or surgery ... Or do nothing. (not recommended).
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Depends on what style the used to put in...
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Prob best to rest...But otherwise tape it correctly.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Generally speaking however you need to ride 5-7 miles for every mile ran...
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
64%: Of the population it helps, but you have to take it for at least 3 months.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: If all goes well, 8 weeks to heal. Then start getting your motion and strength back.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Make sure it is a sprain. Then do tendon gliding exercises, paraffin baths, swelling control and eventual strengthening.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Well: Physically you don't. Mentally you can visualize.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: But i would recommend a good exercise program to keep those muscles toned...
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Ice: And elevation with compression.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Nerve compression or vascular compression.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Splint: Ice, compress, pain meds, nsaids. That being said, it would be best to see a hand doctor to determine what the cause of the pain is.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable : Lock into extension or flexion? How do you unlock them? Do you have pain after or during?
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: A combination of observation, exam and imaging.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Trainer: Get professional advise or a trainer. That being said, low reps higher weight, good rest, working all antagonist muscle and consistency will get you t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 19 years experience
Variable: Depends on where it is..But the none will heal in 10-12 weeks but functionally you will be in rehab and gaining strength for over a year...

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.

Ask doctors free
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

5
Recommendations
496
Thank you notes
Mar 27, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Griggs is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Griggs is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks for responding so quick , that's what I thought I should do but never know . Do you have any thoughts about what these bumps are?
HealthTap member
Yeah I guess ill have to do that. It really isnt painful however unless i'm really exerting a lot of force when doing max weight. Thanks doc
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! There isn't a pulse on my pinky & it does get warm when the pain is gone. when I squeeze my nail I feel a pain.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saba
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

MARICOPA MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Grand Junction, CO - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Grand Junction, CO - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Grand Junction, CO - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Pearl Izumi
Smith and Nephew Trauma

Publications

Carpal fracture diagnosis and management.
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less