Wrist Injuries & Conditions

DeQuervain’s Tendonitis

DeQuervain’s Tendonitis is irritation and swelling of the tendons at the base of the thumb. It often causes pain along the thumb side of the wrist when clenching the hand into a fist and gripping or grasping objects. 

 

Distal Radius Fractures

This is a very common type of wrist fractures that affect the radius (lower part of one of the forearm bones). This is most commonly caused from using an outstretched hand to break a fall in a patient with osteopenia/osteoporosis or a more traumatic injury in those without bone deficits.

 

A painful condition of the wrist joint due to a metabolic disease resulting either in the deposition of monosodium urate crystals in the case of gout or calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystals in pseudogout that are treated non-operatively. This most commonly occurs in people over the age of 40.

 

Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion Cysts are masses, or swellings, usually located near thejoint, often occurring at the wrist joint. They resemble a cyst, and may be either spongy or firm.  

 

Scaphoid Fractures

Scaphoid fractures are among the most common types of carpal (wrist) bone fractures, involving the larger bone on the thumb side of the wrist. These typically occur as the result of a fall or other strong force placed on an outstretched hand. 

 

Wrist Arthritis

Wrist Arthritis is typically classified as either rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), or post-traumatic arthritis. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease, where the body attacks its own tissue. OA is a progressive condition, usually resulting from 'wear and tear,' that destroys the smooth articular cartilage.  Post-traumatic arthritis is the result of permanent damage due to trauma where some symptoms can be alleviated by treatment.