Comprehensive Care for Wrist Pain
The wrist is particularly susceptible to injury because you are likely to use your hand to try to stop yourself during a slip and fall. Also, because your wrist is involved in many fine motor skills carried out throughout the day, it is also subject to repetitive stress disorders. Sports injuries are another common cause of wrist problems.
Your wrist is a complex joint. Actually, it's made up of several joints, two long bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna), and eight small carpal bones. The scaphoid is one of these carpal bones, located on the side of your wrist nearest the thumb. It is the bone most likely to break when you use your hand to break a fall.
The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of wrist injury you've sustained, and they can vary greatly from person to person. Often, your symptoms may not be a reliable indicator of how severe your injury is. For example, you could have sustained a fracture in a fall but not seek treatment because the pain was not overly intense.
If you are experiencing any type of wrist pain that is not going away, you should see an orthopedic doctor to have it checked out. Only when the issue is properly diagnosed can the problem be treated to ensure you are able to retain full, pain-free use of your wrist in the foreseeable future.
Common Wrist Problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- deQuervain’s tendonitis
- Ganglion cysts
- Kienbock’s disease
- Ligament disruption
- Scaphoid fracture
Wrist Injury Complications
If you experience a wrist injury, you may be more likely to re-injure the area or suffer other, chronic problems down the road such as osteoarthritis in the joint, nerve damage, or chronic pain and stiffness in the wrist.
The orthopedic experts at the Joint Replacement Institute will work with you to ensure your current issue is effectively treated as well as come up with a plan to help avoid future problems.
Depending on the type of injury, wrist problems may involve bracing or immobilization, oral anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medication, cortisone injections, physical therapy, and surgery. Casting and/or surgery may be recommended in cases of wrist fractures.
For Wrist Pain Treatment Contact Our Orthopedic Doctors in Naples, FL
Make sure you take care of your wrists – you rely on them for so much throughout the day. If you are suffering from wrist pain, contact the orthopedic physicians at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, for an evaluation. Call (239) 261-2663. You can also request an appointment now.