Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Wrist injuries are common but debilitating in many cases. If you struggle with severe or ongoing wrist pain, rely on the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center, located in Downtown Los Angeles. Board-certified orthopaedic specialists Marc Samson, MD, Tae Shin, MD, and the expert team offer numerous treatments for wrist injuries to provide relief. Call the Los Angeles, California, office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Wrist Injures Q&A
What are wrist injuries?
Your wrist joint consists of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It attaches your hand to the lower part of your arm, allowing rotation and other movements. Wrist injuries can occur because of:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Kienbock's disease
- Ganglion cysts
- Tendon tears
- Ligament injuries
You might experience wrist injuries because of repetitive movements at work, playing sports, falling down, or having a chronic disease like arthritis. Obesity, pregnancy, gout, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis all increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
What are the symptoms of wrist injuries?
Common signs and symptoms of wrist injuries include:
- Severe or sharp pain
- Dull, aching pain
- Intermittent pain that comes and goes
- Ongoing discomfort
- Decreased range of motion
Sometimes, wrist injuries heal on their own without medical intervention, but other times, treatment with a professional is the best way to restore wrist structure and function.
How does my doctor diagnose wrist injuries?
To find out which type of wrist injury you have and the best treatment, your orthopaedic specialist discusses your symptoms and medical history. They examine your wrist joint and look for signs of injury, disease, pain, weakness, stiffness, and limited range of motion.
Your doctor may recommend you complete blood tests, ultrasounds, X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, as well as nerve tests or arthroscopy.
What are common treatments for wrist injuries?
Common treatments for wrist injuries include:
Things you can do at home to reduce wrist pain include using heat or cold packs, resting your wrist joint, and wearing a brace.
Physical therapy stretches and exercises increase strength and flexibility after wrist injuries, accelerate healing, and reduce the risk of reinjury.
Joint injections reduce pain, lessen inflammation, and enhance healing after a wrist injury.
In some cases, surgery is the best way to restore wrist joint function and alleviate long-lasting discomfort. Your orthopaedic specialist offers robotic and arthroscopic surgery to repair, remove, or replace joint components and give you the best results possible.
During carpal tunnel release, your surgeon makes an incision in your wrist and cuts your carpal ligament to reduce carpal tunnel syndrome discomfort.
If you struggle with a non-healing wrist injury or condition, call the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center office to schedule a consultation or book one online today.
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