162012Apr

A good hand doctor is key to determining wrist pain causes

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla – Wrist pain causes many people to often to miss work or stop doing the activities they enjoy while visiting hand doctors and searching for the cause and the treatment for what ails them.

What is it about wrist pain that causes it to affect so many people?

For starters determining the wrist pain causes can be challenging. It is important for the hand doctor find the source of the pain so that treatment can be specific and successful. The wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones, with many small joints that work together to allow for a variety of movements. Thick bands of ligaments stabilize the wrist joint and these can also be injured. Patient’s symptoms typically range from a dull ache to sharp or stabbing pain in the wrist.

Trauma from a fall is the most common of the wrist pain causes. Falling on a hand can sprain or even fracture the wrist. Sports such as tennis or golf can stress the wrist from repetitive movements and lead to forms of tendonitis such as DeQuervain’s Tendonitis.

One of the most common “soft tissue” problems that cause patients to seek the treatment of a hand doctor is an injury to the TFCC (triangular fibrocartilage complex), a cartilage that supports and stabilizes the wrist. This is seen with injuries that force the wrist into hyperextension or twisting movements, especially in sports.  Like any joint, arthritis is also seen in the wrist and is sometimes the result of injury.

A good hand doctor will tell patients that not every wrist pain requires surgery. In fact, most minor wrist pain responds to simple measures such as rest, icing, compression, and elevation. Persistent wrist pain, however, should be evaluated by a hand doctor.

Treatment of wrist pain begins with a thorough discussion about the nature and potential causes of the pain, followed by an examination. The examination will usually help to localize the injury to specific areas of the wrist. X-rays of the wrist are important to assess for a fracture or joint injury. An MRI or other advanced studies may be ordered to help determine an injury to the carpal bones or ligaments, such as the TFCC.

If the pain does not improve, the hand doctor may decide wrist arthroscopy is useful. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure where a small camera, thinner than a pencil, is inserted into the wrist through a very small incision. This procedure can serve to diagnose hand pain causes as well as to treat certain wrist conditions.

Other treatments include splinting, injections, and hand therapy. Wrist surgery by a hand doctor can be minimally-invasive or arthroscopic for some injuries, like a cartilage tear (TFCC), or more extensive for severe wrist fractures. The determination of which treatment is recommended depends on many wrist pain factors such as: the type of injury or condition, activity level of the patient, and success rates with available techniques.

The hand doctors at Florida Hand Center are experts in treating wrist pain and can offer a broad range of treatment options. Once the wrist pain cause or causes is determined, the road to wellness can be smooth.

Any additional questions about a pain in wrist, hand pain, or potential hand surgery can be answered via phone call, (1-877-892-4263) or email (contact@floridahandcenter.com).

About Florida Hand Center
Florida Hand Center is a specialized medical facility focused on minimally invasive hand and arm treatments. Founded by Dr. Stephen Helgemo, Florida’s leading carpal tunnel doctor, the facility offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options and has thousands of patient success stories.

Some of the most commonly treated conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, basilar joint arthritis, cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s Contracture, lateral epicondylitis and injuries to the hand, wrist and fingers. Florida Hand Center provides on-site diagnostic testing such as nerve tests and imaging and saves patients time and money each year by offering quick, safe and successful in-office procedures.