Wrist Pain: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton, TX

by Administrator 18. June 2015 05:22

Wrist consists of ends of the Radius and the Ulna, 8 carpal bones and parts of 5 metacarpal bones. It also includes various muscles, tendons and ligaments. An injury or stress to any of these structures can cause discomfort or pain in the wrist. Wrist pain is a common problem and can occur to anyone at any age, but people who are more active in sports or have jobs related to lifting heavy objects are susceptible to this problem.

Causes

  • Sprains and strains: Injuries like sprains or strains to the muscles of the wrist can cause severe pain and inability in moving the joint. They can be caused by sudden application of force on the joint or due to accidents like falling on an outstretched hand.
  • Overuse and stress: Repetitive activities including the wrist can overstress the joint. Prolonged hours of writing or leaning on the wrist while sitting can overstrain the joint and cause pain.
  • Fractures: Severe accidents can cause injuries like fractures which can lead to sharp pain in the wrist. Such injuries may also result in stiffness and reduce the movement the joint.
  • Arthritis: It occurs with overuse of the joint and is a major cause of pain, swelling and stiffness in the wrist joint.
  • Other conditions: Other health conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Gout, Ganglion Cysts, Kienbock's Disease, Pseudogout etc. can also cause pain and discomfort in the wrist joint.

Symptoms

  • Sharp pain
  • Swelling in the joint or fingers
  • Warm sensation around the site of pain
  • Numbness and tingling feeling
  • Weakness
  • Inability to move the wrist
  • Pain increases during activities like gripping

Diagnosis

The orthopedic doctor may diagnose wrist pain by asking the patient about his medical history. He may inquire about onset of pain and factors that affect its severity. The doctor may also examine the wrist by bending and moving it. He may also order certain imaging tests like X-rays, MRI scans or CT scans to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of pain.

Treatment

  • Rest: The doctor may suggest the patient to rest the affected joint. The patient may also be asked to wear a cast to restrict the movement of hand and wrist.
  • Exercise: Exercising can help to reduce tenderness, swelling and stiffness in the joint. It can also build muscle strength and decrease pain in the wrist.
  • Ice and heat: The doctor may advise the patient to apply heat or ice packs to reduce inflammation in the joint. This may soothe the constricted nerves and reduce pain.
  • Medications: The doctor may also prescribe some anti-inflammatory medications to minimize pain and inflammation.

In severe cases of, surgery may also be recommended in order to treat the condition that is causing the wrist pain.

Dr. Neagle in Carrollton, TX, provides complete diagnosis and treatment for various wrist conditions. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon, call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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