Tucson Shoulder Elbow Hand

Your Partners in Recovery from Upper Extremity Pain
PAIN in your Shoulders, Elbows & Hands can significantly limit participation in the activities

you enjoy as well as simple activities of daily living.  


Our goal is to help you eliminate your pain and back to the lifestyle you enjoy as quickly as possible.


Treatments are available to restore full functionality, many times without surgery,

for all types of hand to shoulder problems 


Trigger Finger to Complex Hand Trauma • Simple Sprains to Broken Bones

• Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release to Revision Nerve Decompression •  

Rotator Cuff Impingement to Shoulder Joint Replacement

Our Philosophy


Over the past 15 years I have been fortunate to care for thousands of patients. Above all, I’m honored that those individuals have chosen me to help them, even when that occasionally means surgery. As your Doctor, I promise to never take that for granted. I consider myself part of your treatment team. Through educating you about your diagnosis and thoroughly explaning the different treatment alternatives, I help you decide how to best treat your problem. I fully appreciate that we are all different and what may be the best treatment for one individual may not be the best for another.  


In most situations there are surgical and nonsurgical ways to treat a problem. Surgery is rarely the place to start and we go to the operating room only when absolutely indicated or when all other treatment options fail.


By starting my solo practice, I now have the capability to care for patients the way they deserve. I have been blessed to now have an outstanding staff who understands our mission clearly. We intend to take great care of you in all aspects of your treatment here at Tucson Shoulder Elbow & Hand.


Better Care Starts with You!
Joel Thompson is one of those doctors who combines warmth, compassion, efficiency, and great skill. If you have wrist, hand, or shoulder problems, he is is the man you want to see.  I was extremely lucky that an ER nurse suggested his practice when I was in with a broken wrist. No doctor I know of actually has a magic wand, so I look for the other qualities I mentioned and have not been disappointed.    JR, Tucson

“Dr. Thompson performed 2 procedures for me and 2 for my husband. His surgical skill is outstanding, his bedside manner is extraordinary and his interpersonal skills are great.”     S.G., Tucson


“Best doctor, he makes you feel special and he listens to what you want to say. Surgery is speedy and he follows you thru recovery until you are well again.”