Wrist injuries, causes and treatment

Written by: Dr. Xavier Casanova Canals
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Wrist injuries affecting their mobility and all activities requiring an effort of hand, assuming a functional limitation in daily tasks. The most frequent reasons for consulting experts Traumatology by wrist pain can be grouped based on their most common causes.


Wrist injuries, causes

The fact of performing repetitive manual effort and sustained over time you can develop tendinitis or the appearance of synovial cysts or ganglia in the back of the wrist. The most frequent tendinitis are affecting mainly the fingers and thumb presented pain in the wrist that radiates to the forearm and thumb. These wrist injuries are diseases that usually occur during the working life of the patient and also for the practice of certain sports.

Of course, the cause may also be a hit on the wrist or even some inflammatory rheumatic disease.

wrist injuries

Wrist injuries that often occur after trauma of a certain intensity on the wrist are the fractures in his nearest and some wrist ligament injuries portion.

These fractures are very common in patients with osteoporosis that stop a fall with an open hand, women of menopausal age is a specific risk group. In young patients also they exist in relation to high-energy trauma, such as sporting accidents or traffic. wrist injury

Injuries to the ligaments of the wrist often go unnoticed at first because they do not have a specific pain easy to identify; that is why it is interesting valuation specialist surgery hand and wrist, and often maneuvers or specific tests are required for diagnosis. The triangular fibrocartilage injury or scapholunate ligament rupture are two of the most frequent ligament injuries, which generally require surgical treatment.

Wrist Injury Treatment

Wrist injuries, treatment

Tendinitis usually improve with anti-inflammatory treatment and immobilization with orthopedic splints; resistant when you can make a local infiltration. In cases where the cause is a narrowing at some point in the movement of the tendon may be required surgical treatment.

Synovial ganglion require surgery when they generate some kind of pain or functional limitation. Currently increasingly treat advantages are made clearer by arthroscopic technique, thereby preventing them skin and limited mobility incisions.

Displaced fractures of the fragments need treated surgically reconstructing the original form of bone with the use of a specific plate and screws; Wrist arthroscopy also is useful to control the state of the joint while performing surgery technique.

Cited ligamentous injuries often require surgery, and in this case arthroscopic surgery is also helpful for evaluating them and even for treatment.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Xavier Casanova Canals
Orthopaedic Surgery

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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