Injuries to the Wrist
Wrist injuries can be quite painful and disabling. Without full sensation and movement in the joints, tendons and muscles, injuries can limit the ability to use your hands, thumb and fingers for many daily activities and functions. Typical injuries to the wrist include arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid), damage or compression to nerves, ligament sprains and fractures from falls.
When to See a Specialist
- Numbness, tingling, burning and pain primarily in the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers
- Occasional shock-like sensations that radiate to the thumb and index, middle and ring fingers
- Pain or tingling that may travel up the forearm toward the shoulder
- Chronic (intractable) wrist pain
- Weakness and clumsiness in the hand which may make it difficult to perform fine movements such as buttoning a shirt
- Dropping things due to weakness, numbness or a loss of awareness of where your hand is (proprioception)
Your doctor will discuss all treatment options with you. The best treatment for your injury or condition will be determined in combination with your overall health.
There are several nonoperative treatment options for wrist pain. These might include occupational hand therapy or pain management in the form of over-the-counter or prescribed medications and/or anti-inflammatories, injections and splinting. If surgery is necessary, PSO wrist specialists can perform a wide variety of procedures ranging from minimally invasive to major reconstruction.