According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, wrist pain accounts for a majority of occupational illnesses in the United States, with common causes being repetitive strain injury, overuse, and underlying medical conditions. While there are many ways to manage wrist pain, for which you can consult one of the participating physicians in our referral line, in this blog post, we give you an overview of common treatment options for wrist pain. Read on.
Management of Wrist Pain
Exercises can be the first line of treatment for wrist pain. Your doctor may recommend a number of exercise aimed at improving the motor function of the wrists. You may also need to consult a physical therapist for an exercise program that addresses the specific cause of the pain.
Orthopedic surgeons may also recommend pain medications to manage hand and wrist pain. The medication can be in the form of pills, topical creams, or injection. Generally, these are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that aim to reduce pain and swelling.
Modification of Daily Activities
Temporarily ceasing or limiting certain activities that cause wrist pain can be another effective way to relieve the symptoms and pain. Take a break from your sports activities or typing work as they can worsen the problem and if that doesn’t help, consult an orthopedic physician.
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Immobilization with Braces
Wearing a wrist brace or splint can provide support to stabilize a problematic wrist joint. It can ease the pain resulting from unwanted movements of the wrist during physical activities by keeping the wrist immobilized in a single position.
If non-invasive methods of treatment fail to deliver the desired results, the next option might be surgery. Carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis of the wrist, for instance, can require surgical intervention. The type of surgery a surgeon recommends depends on the cause and severity of the pain. There are many surgical interventions for wrist pain some of which are described below.
As the name signifies, fusion surgery fuses painful wrist bones into a single bone. This procedure is done to restrict movement and eliminate pain. In this procedure, surgeons remove the damaged cartilage and fuse the bones using screws and plates. Over time, the bones grow together and heal.
Proximal Row Carpectomy
A reconstructive surgical procedure for degenerated wrist bones, Proximal Row Carpectomy involves removing three carpal bones that lie closest to the forearm. This reduces the pain and restores the motion of the wrist.
Also called total wrist replacement, arthroplasty involves removing damaged bones and cartilage in the wrist. They are replaced by a prosthetic. This can relieve the pain while keeping the wrist movement.
Need to See an Orthopedic Surgeon?
Effective management of wrist pain, either with surgical or non-surgical treatment, can help provide long-term relief and maintain normal wrist functions. If you have been experiencing persistent wrist pain and are unsure whether it is due to a fracture, sprain, or an underlying cause, contact our referral center to connect with an experienced orthopedic surgeon near you. To schedule an appointment, click here, or simply call (888) 608-4762.
Note: Physicians participating in our referral program are independent practitioners and they are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.