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Wrist Specialists

The Hand Center

Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Glastonbury, CT, Hartford, CT, Tolland, CT & Bloomfield, CT

Problems like fractures and carpal tunnel syndrome are common conditions affecting your wrist, and they can be painful and disabling. If you have a wrist problem, the experienced team at The Hand Center in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, can help. They provide the most up-to-date treatments for wrist injuries, including specialized surgical procedures like carpal tunnel release. Call The Hand Center office nearest you today or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.

Wrist Q & A

What conditions can affect the wrist?

Wrist pain and disability can be due to an acute injury or a chronic condition. Common wrist conditions include:

Fractures

Fractures are breaks in the bones. A wrist fracture might involve a simple break that can be immobilized without the need for surgery, or it can be a compound fracture where one of the wrist bones is sticking out through your skin.

Wrist fractures usually happen when you fall on an outstretched arm. It’s human nature to put your hand or arm out when you’re falling to try and protect your body. Unfortunately, your wrist can’t withstand all your weight falling on it, so a fracture very often results.

Tendon and ligament damage

You can damage the tendons in your wrist by overusing them and causing inflammation (tendonitis). You can suffer an acute strain of the tendon or sprain a ligament in your wrist. Sprains and strains happen when the tissue stretches further than it should. This kind of damage can also rupture tissues, tearing them partially or completely in two.

Arthritis

There are numerous types of arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis, caused by wear-and-tear. Inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis and other types of arthritis can also cause wrist pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Another condition that commonly causes wrist problems is carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when thickened tissues in the carpal tunnel in your wrist start to press on the median nerve. This causes steadily worsening pain in your wrist, the thumb side of the affected hand, and eventually all the way up to your shoulder.

You’re also likely to have tingling or numbness and a weakening grip. You might start dropping things and find it hard to write or carry with that hand. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are usually worse at night because the wrist tends to bend over when you sleep, which makes the pressure worse.

Your provider at The Hand Center can usually diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome from your symptoms. They might also run nerve conduction studies to find out how badly the nerve’s been affected.

How are wrist problems treated?

Fractured wrists need to be immobilized with a cast or splint until they heal. If the fracture is severe or the broken bones are badly misaligned, surgery might be necessary.

For other wrist conditions, a combination of conservative treatments usually helps considerably. These treatments can include:

  • Splints
  • Orthoses
  • Hand therapy
  • Home exercises
  • Activity modifications
  • Steroid injections

The Hand Center is known worldwide for its pioneering work on wrist reconstruction. Conditions that might need wrist surgery or reconstruction include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and traumatic injury.

There are a number of surgical options ranging from a simple synovectomy (removal of inflamed joint tissue) to procedures like a limited wrist arthrodesis (partial fusion) that reconstructs the wrist.

For help with your wrist problems, call The Hand Center today or book an appointment online.