top of page


Dr. Terrell Joseph is an expert in assessing, diagnosing, and treating elbow injuries and conditions. 

Begin Your Parctice
Snowboarder falling
  • What if knee pain is disrupting my lifestyle?
    Knee pain can disrupt your lifestyle and make simple, everyday activities difficult. Dr. Joseph is committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. To consult with a Dr. Joseph please call Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery at 970-476-7220
  • Do I need surgery for my knee injury?
    Whether caused by a traumatic injury, such as a sports injury, dislocation, or ligamentous tear; an overuse injury, such as runner's knee; or a condition that has developed over time, such as arthritis or osteoarthritis, knee pain should never be ignored or overlooked. In some cases, and if not identified early on, conditions like knee osteoarthritis may progress and worsen, causing severe pain and, in extreme cases, necessitating knee surgery to relieve discomfort and restore mobility. Similarly, tears to the ligaments of the knee (the meniscus, ACL, MCL, or PCL) often require reconstructive surgery to repair the damaged ligament. In many cases, these surgeries can be performed through minimally invasive techniques by a skilled surgeon to minimize damage to the surrounding structures. It's important to seek immediate treatment if you think you may be suffering from a knee injury or condition. Consult a knee specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • When should I consult a surgeon for my knee injury?
    It's important to seek immediate treatment if you think you may be suffering from a knee injury or condition. Consult a knee specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: A popping or snapping noise in the knee during activity The sensation of your knee "giving out" while walking, running, jumping, or turning Severe joint pain, whether in the knee, behind the knee, or within the kneecap Inability to bend or move the knee Inability to walk without pain Swelling localized to the knee joint or calf area
  • What is a Torn Meniscus?
    One of the most common knee injuries we see in the active sports world is a torn meniscus. Any activity that causes you to twist or rotate your knee forcefully (especially when you put all your weight on it) may cause this injury. For more, read this blog post from Dr. Joseph:
  • Why should you choose Dr. Joseph as your knee surgeon?
    With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the knee, Dr. Joseph is an experienced expert in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Joseph has the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your knee injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.
  • Why choose Dr. Joseph?
    Having completed extensive training in trauma, the orthopaedic Dr. Joseph their practices to treating high-pressure traumatic injuries. Because of their comprehensive training and years of experience, Dr. Joseph is an expert in assessing and treating complex trauma injuries, such as non-healing fractures, malaligned fractures, and pelvic fractures as well as providing other relevant care to trauma victims.
  • What is orthopaedic trauma?
    Orthopaedic trauma is a specialized field of orthopaedic medicine concentrated on issues related to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the entire body following a traumatic incident. Due to the dynamic nature of orthopaedic trauma injuries, immediate evaluation and treatment is typically required.
  • How do trauma injuries occur?
    Traumatic injuries most often involve fractures and multiple injuries, such as those sustained in accidents, falls, or high-impact collisions, and require rapid medical attention due to the potential implications of such devastating injuries.
  • More about Dr. Joseph
    Dr. Joseph believes that our limited time here on Earth is a gift. Part of this gift is the ability to appreciate and enjoy the day-to-dayness of your life. When an injury interrupts this, it is easy to see the importance of timely and professional care to heal from your injury. Dr. Joseph wants to provide this and is well trained to do so. After graduating from Vanderbilt and LSU Medical School, Dr. Joseph continued his training at the somewhat infamous Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Pre-Katrina Charity Hospital was a unique place according to Dr. Joseph. The sheer volume and inner-city nature of the injuries provided an exceptional training ground for high level orthopaedic trauma. "Like sipping from a fire hydrant, the volume of bad injuries trained us as orthopaedic surgeons to be comfortable with all types of complex injuries, especially when the bullet hits the bone." After his five years at Charity Hospital, Dr. Joseph traveled to New Zealand to do specialty fell owship training in arthroscopic knee surgery and sports medicine. This proved to be an invaluable life experience, in addition to learning new techniques while treating international rugby players. Dr Joseph found his year in New Zealand taught him to appreciate how the rest of the world sees the United States, something that is easy for Americans to forget. Following his year in New Zealand, Dr. Joseph went on to complete a second year-long fellowship in upper extremity and hand surgery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This gave him additional training in elbow, wrist, and hand surgery in a busy university teaching hospital. The combination of specialty fellowships and a background in the 'knife and gun' club of New Orleans, Dr. Joseph has solid training. His passion for orthopaedics began here in Vail. As a 22-year-old emergency room technician in Vail, he was introduced to the many flavors of orthopaedic injuries common in the mountains. In the summers, his work as a whitewater river guide reaffirmed the importance of an active mountain lifestyle to people of all ages. This experience inspired his dream to return to Colorado as an orthopaedic surgeon in 2006. Dr. Joseph fully appreciates that patients here are often highly motivated and driven to heal. With the right care and direction, these patients are most likely to experience a full recovery, something that is rewarding both to Dr. Joseph, and most importantly, his patients. Dr Joseph's orthopaedic interests include ski and snowboard trauma, including tendon and ligament injuires. He also has expertise in treating tendonitis, carpal tunnel, and hand and wrist problems. Lastly, Dr. Joseph and his wife Natalie enjoy raising their two small children in the mountain lifestyle. They also enjoy paddling whitewater, making stained glass, as well as breeding and training Labrador Retrievers.
  • Professional Affiliations
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Medical Association American Society for Surgery of the Hand Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Certification
    Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Research
    Complications of scoliosis surgery in patients with intretheal baclofen pump Patterns of orthopedic in jury: snowboarding versus skiing Arthroscopic Correlation of TFCC tears and MRI findings
  • Education
    Bachelor of Science in Biology: Vanderbilt University, NashvilleTN University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO Doctor of Medicine: LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Shreveport, LA Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: LSU Health New Orleans, New Orleans, LA Sports Orthopaedic Fellowship: Eastwood Orthopaedic Clinic, Auckland, New Zealand Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Fellowship: Auckland Bone and Joint Surgery, Auckland, New Zealand Hand Surgery Fellowship: The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
bottom of page