Whether we talk about lifting objects, handling the steering wheel, typing on a keyboard, or playing sports; our wrists are usually involved in one action or another. That’s why it is necessary to keep them in good shape and take note of any sign of trouble. Sometimes, undue pressure on the wrist, due to overuse or a trauma, can lead to pain. In other cases, the pain can be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Although most wrist problems are treatable with medications, in some cases, the surgeons may recommend surgery. The orthopedic surgeons participating in the referral line of Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center specialize in treating all sorts of orthopedic problems including wrist pain. Continuing on the subject, in this post, we discuss some of the various treatment options available for wrist pain in Plano. Take a look.
A wrist splint is a type of brace that patients wear for support. It stabilizes the wrists by keeping them in a straight position and minimizing pressure on the median nerve. Splints help prevent unwanted movements, and are often recommended to individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome. Physicians usually advise splinting for a few weeks to patients with mild to moderate wrist pain.
In some cases, physicians may inject an anti-inflammatory medication directly into the affected area of the wrist to deal with wrist pain.
Unlike physical therapy that generally focuses on healing physical injuries, an occupational therapy helps an individual perform their daily occupational tasks. It helps patients perform activities that they have been unable to perform due to wrist pain. Occupational therapists usually offer 30 to 45 minute sessions wherein they understand cause of the pain, and work towards increasing the mobility and strength of the wrist.
Wrist fusion, also called “Arthrodesis”, is commonly recommended in cases of severe trauma to the wrist, wherein non-surgical options fail to provide relief. Especially in advanced stages of wrist arthritis, the alignment of the wrist changes and leads to deformity. In such cases, the doctor may prescribe wrist fusion to realign the wrist bones and prevent further deformation.
Arthroscopic treatment involves a minimally invasive surgery of the wrist joint to repair or remove damaged area of the wrist and ease extreme pain. It is also used to treat cases of wrist fractures, ligament tears, and ganglion cysts. Following the surgery, surgeons provide instructions for wound care, diet, exercises, and other activities to help expedite the recovery.
Wrist Joint Replacement
Replacement surgery of the wrist joint, also called “Arthroplasty”, is less common than other treatment options, and is recommended when conservative treatments fail to provide relief from wrist pain. It provides pain relief and restores normal wrist joint function.
Looking for a Hand & Wrist Pain Specialist? We Can Help
Wrist and hand pain is treatable with an array of treatment options. If you or a loved one has been experiencing wrist pain or any other undiagnosed wrist problem, get in touch with Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center. We can connect you participating orthopedic surgeons in Plano, Texas, and nearby areas specialized in treating conditions of the hand and wrist. To schedule an appointment with a specialist, simply call 888 608 4762 or fill out our contact form.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of our referral program are independent practitioners and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.