Orthopedic Treatment For Wrist Pain

Wrist pain can be caused due to an injury or damage to the tendons, ligaments and tissues connecting the different joint structures of the wrist. The condition can be due to a minor injury such as sprain, strain etc. or a chronic degenerative condition such as Wrist Arthritis. However, it is important to diagnose and treat the cause of wrist pain to avoid the condition from worsening.

Causes

  • Sprain
  • Strain
  • Muscle overuse
  • Wrist fracture
  • Direct blow to the joint
  • Sports injuries
  • Overextending the hand
  • Falling on an outstretched hand
  • Repetitive wrist movements such as constant typing work
  • Degenerative conditions such as Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Gout
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Kienbock's Disease
  • Wrist Tendonitis

Symptoms

  • Sudden or sharp pain in the wrist
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the hand or fingers
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Redness and warm sensation at or near the site of pain
  • Difficulty making a fist or grasping objects
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Visible deformity in the joint
  • Inability to move or rotate the joint
  • Difficulty lifting objects

Diagnosis

The wrist specialist may physically examine the joint to look for swelling, pain and signs of any injury. The patient may be asked to move the wrist in certain positions to evaluate range of motion. The orthopedic doctor may also suggest certain imaging tests to identify if any specific medical condition is causing wrist pain.

Treatment

  • Rest And Immobilization: Taking proper rest and refraining from activities that may put strain on the joint can allow the sore muscles to heal.
  • Ice And Heat Packs: Applying ice or heat packs, as recommended by the orthopedic doctor, may help to compress swelling and ease pain.
  • Medications: The orthopedic surgeon may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to eliminate pain and discomfort in the wrist.
  • Injections: These are usually recommended for severe cases of wrist painthat obstructs the daily activities of the patient.
  • Wrist Support: The patient may also be suggested to wear a wrist brace to provide support during physical activities and avoiding any further injury to the joint.
  • Surgery: This is usually required if wrist pain is caused due to some underlying medical condition such as a fracture or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco providecomprehensive diagnosis and treatment forwrist pain. To schedule an appointment with the wrist doctors, you can call at, (214) 618 – 5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, Texas 75034.

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