Are You Experiencing Wrist Pain as a Result of a Sudden Wrist Injury, Wrist Fracture, or Wrist Arthritis?
The orthopedic doctors and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your wrist pain. With 40 years of combined experience diagnosing wrist pain and treating wrist injuries, Westchester Sport and Spine provides you with the highest levels of care for both surgical and non-surgical wrist procedures.
About Your Wrists
Your wrists are the some of the most complex areas in your body. Bridging the hand to the forearm, your wrist is a complex joint made up of a collection of bones, ligaments, cartilage, tissue, and tendons.
The bones in your wrist include the long Radius and Ulna bones that extend all the way from your elbow to what you would normally consider your wrist. Here, they connect to the 8 small carpal bones via ligaments. Those carpal bones connect to your phalanges, the bones in the fingers and thumb.
Interestingly, the carpal bones each form a join with one-another, and when you move your wrist they easily slide against each other due to a special type of tissue called articular cartilage. Strong bands of tissue called Ligaments attach all of these bones together.
Common Causes of Wrist Pain
There are three main causes of wrist pain: injuries, medical conditions, and chronic overuse.
Wrist pain can be caused by fractures of the bones of the wrist or damage to the ligaments. Sometimes pain felt in one area of the wrist is caused by damage in another area. This is because, over time, the damaged region can cause deterioration to a different region due to stress imbalances.
New or ongoing medical conditions can also cause wrist pain. this is one of the reasons the orthopedic doctors at Westchester Sport and Spine first examine your medical history before taking action. After examining your medical history, the doctor will examine your wrist, physically moving it and seeing where it hurts. From here the doctor will be able to determine if your wrist needs an X-ray, if an arthrogram is needed, or if an MRI or another test is needed to determine the cause of your wrist pain.
Aside from acute injuries, conditions such as wrist fractures or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and everyday wear on the joint are also causes of wrist pain. To be certain of the reason for your wrist pain, contact the orthopedic surgeons at Westchester Sports and Spine for an accurate wrist pain diagnosis.
Commonly Treated Wrist Conditions
- Carpal Instability
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervains Tendinitis
- Distal Radioulnar Joint Instability
- Distal Radius Physis Stress Syndrome
- Drummer’s Tendinitis of the Wrist
- Extensor Carpal Ulnaris Tendinitis (ECU Tendinitis)
- Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Tendonitis
- Ganglion Cyst
- Golfer’s Wrist (Hook of Hamate Fracture or Tendinitis)
- Intersection Syndrome
- Kienböck’s Disease
- Wrist Ligament Injury
- Wrist Osteoarthritis
- Wrist Fractures
- Joint Hypermobility
- Lower Median Nerve Palsy
- Nerve Surgery
- Perilunate Dislocation
- Pisiform Fractures
- Preiser’s Disease
- Radius Fractures
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Scapholunate Ligament Tear
- Scaphoid Fractures
- Thermal Capsular Shrinkage
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tears
- Triquetrolunate Injuries
- Ulnar Carpal Instability
- Volar Lunate Dislocation
- Volar Plate Avulsion Injury
Wrist Pain Treatment Options
The majority of wrist conditions and injuries are effectively treated with medications, splinting, bracing, injections, or physical therapy. More often than not, wrist surgery is not necessary to treat your current pain.
If surgery is needed, the wrist specialists and orthopedic surgeons with Westchester Sport and Spine are experts in the latest minimally invasive procedures.
The main treatment options for your wrist pain include:
- Avoiding activities that make your symptoms worse
- Using ice packs
- Surgery (in some cases)
- Physical Therapy
Call Us Immediately
Please call Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and then ask someone to drive you to our clinic if your wrist pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by:
- Your wrist appears deformed
- A weakened or inability to use your wrist
- Intense pain
- Sudden swelling