Take a moment and consider everything you use your hands for, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Countless handshakes, waves goodbye, signatures and a lifetime of carrying groceries to and from your car. Not to mention bathing, dressing, eating, driving, working, typing on the computer and playing your favorite game or sport. As you can see, your hands play a vital role in virtually every aspect of your life.

But if your hands become injured, or if you suffer from painful conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, your whole world changes. Suddenly you have a difficult time completing everyday tasks. That’s when you need highly specialized care that can get you out of pain and back to your active lifestyle.

Here at the Colorado Hand Center, Steven M. Topper, M.D., Emily DiBartolomeo, PA-C, and Dianne C. March, OTR/CHT, work together to offer you complete care for the upper extremity including comprehensive evaluation, medical and surgical management, and post surgical rehabilitation in the same practice. Because hand surgery and post surgical rehabilitation each have their own unique role in the healing process, there is no approach more efficient than the combination of both. Communication between the surgeon and therapist is critical to the best possible outcomes.


I am most grateful to you for rendering me the attention and honest medical advice about my arthritic hands. Your empathetic mannerism and professional advice were encouraging. Kudos to your staff for the hospitality extended in a relaxing environment.

Delores Sauls, March 2013


Award Winning Surgeon and Practice

America’s Top Surgeons
(Consumer Research Council of America)
2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Best of Colorado Springs, Physicians and Surgeons
(US Commerce Association)
(First time this award has been given in 5 consecutive years)
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Top Doctor
(Colorado Springs Style Magazine, Based on Peer Vote)
2011, 2012

Steven M Topper, MD named one of America.s Top 45 Hand Surgeons
(Becker.s Orthopaedic and Spine Review)
2011

Young Leader of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
(ASSH)
2005

Japanese American International Traveling Fellow
(American Orthopaedic Association/ Japanese Orthopaedic Association)
2000