Wrist Pain Diagnosis and Treatments

Wrist Pain Diagnosis

Our diagnostic team includes radiologists who are specially trained in bone imaging. These specialists have access to the latest technology for imaging and diagnosing wrist problems. Depending on your condition, diagnosis may involve x-rays, MRI scans, laboratory tests or other procedures.

Wrist conditions commonly treated include:

  • Wrist pain
  • Wrist fractures and wrist dislocations
  • Wrist fracture nonunions and malunions
  • Wrist sprains, wrist strains and ligament injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendon injuries and tendinitis
  • De Quervain’s Tendinitis
  • Arthritis of the wrist
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Nerve injuries

Treatment of Wrist Injuries and Problems

Our hand surgeons, non-surgical providers and therapists offer the full spectrum of care for wrist problems, including non-operative and conservative treatment for the management of pain, casting of simple wrist fractures and complex surgery. We work closely with you and your family, sharing information and education about different treatment options, and helping you choose the right course of treatment for your condition. 

We provide the following treatments:

Wrist Casting – Depending on the nature of the injury, a splint or casting may be recommended to promote proper healing. For more complex wrist fractures, surgery may be required. Complementary hand therapy may also be prescribed as part of your treatment.

Wrist therapy – Therapeutic rehabilitation may be prescribed for the management of acute or chronic wrist pain, or to increase motion, dexterity and strength.

Corticosteroid injections – Corticosteroid injections may be used to relieve symptoms of pain and swelling associated with arthritis of the wrist and other conditions. These are powerful anti-inflammatory medicines injected into your wrist to relieve pain and swelling

Wrist Surgery - When indicated, surgery may be recommended to repair wrist fractures or ruptured or torn ligaments in the wrist, or to relieve pain associated with joint degeneration and other conditions. Our hand surgeons are skilled in a wide variety of techniques including:

  • Cyst and tumor removal, including excision of ganglions – performed as an outpatient procedure or under local, regional or general anesthesia depending on the size and location of the cyst.
  • Fracture fixation – Some wrist fractures may require surgery to properly set or stabilize the broken bone, or improve alignment. Fractures may be stabilized with pins, screws, plates, rods or with an external device.   
  • Joint realignment and joint fusion – In cases of arthritis of the wrist, when the cartilage layer allowing smooth movement of a joint wears out, surgery may be used to reconstruct, realign, or fuse the joint to eliminate pain.
  • Wrist arthroscopy – In select cases involving ligament injuries, arthritis and fractures, wrist arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure, may be used to assess the internal structure of the wrist and perform appropriate surgical repair.
  • Carpal tunnel surgery, open carpal tunnel release and endoscopic carpal tunnel release – When symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are severe or do not improve, surgery may be needed to enlarge the tunnel and make more room for the nerve, decreasing the pressure that causes pain.
  • Microsurgery and peripheral nerve surgery - With these procedures, the operating room microscope is used to repair damaged nerves or blood vessels to obtain the best possible results.
  • Wrist tendon or ligament repair - A variety of methods exist for the repair of wrist tendons or ligaments that have been accidentally cut or torn.  Tendon repair surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. 
  • Tendon transfer – With this procedure, a functioning tendon is shifted from its original attachment to a new one to restore or improve lost function in the hand and wrist.

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