Conditions of the Wrist

Arthritis

  • Arthritis of the Wrist

    Although there are hundreds of kinds of arthritis, most wrist pain is caused by just two types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Arthritis: Base of the Thumb

    In osteoarthritis (OA, or “degenerative arthritis”) the cartilage layer wears out, resulting in direct contact between the bones and producing pain and deformity.

  • Steroid Injections

    Steroid injections are commonly used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions of the upper extremity.

Nerve Conditions

These conditions are usually diagnosed through clinicial in-office evaluation and with the help of a Nerve Conduction Study and EMG.

Wrist Sprain and Tendonitis

  • Wrist Sprains

    A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are strong bands of connective tissue that connect one bone to another.

  • De Quervain’s Tendinosis

    De Quervain’s tendinosis occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted.

Fractures

  • Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist

    The scaphoid is one of the small bones in the wrist. It is the wrist bone that is most likely to break. The scaphoid is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends.

  • Scaphoid Non-union

    The scaphoid is vulnerable to injury, particularly when a significant load is placed through the extended wrist, such as during a fall onto an outstretched hand.

Other Wrist Conditions

  • Kienböck’s Disease

    Kienböck’s disease is a condition where the blood supply to one of the small bones in the wrist, the lunate, is interrupted.

  • Gout and Pseudogout

    Gout and pseudogout—calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD)—are two types of crystalline arthropathies which are disease processes that cause sore joints because salt crystals have formed in the joint.

Surgical Options