Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries Introduction Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injuries of the wrist affect the ulnar (little finger) side of the wrist. Mild injuries of the TFCC may be referred to as a wrist sprain. As the name suggests, the soft tissues of the wrist […]

Wrist Anatomy

A Patient’s Guide to Wrist Anatomy Introduction The anatomy of the wrist joint is extremely complex, probably the most complex of all the joints in the body. The wrist is actually a collection of many bones and joints. These bones and joints let us use our hands in lots of […]

Wrist Ligament Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Ligament Injuries of the Wrist Introduction Wrist injuries are common. If a wrist injury causes significant damage to the ligaments, it can result in serious problems in the wrist. Such an injury typically continues to cause problems unless corrected. This guide will help you understand how […]

Wrist Joint Osteoarthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Wrist Joint Introduction Degeneration in a joint means the joint surfaces are starting to break down over time. The term degenerative arthritis is used by doctors to describe a condition where a joint wears out, usually over a period of many years. Some […]

Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist

A Patient’s Guide to Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist Introduction Doctors commonly diagnose a sprained wrist after a patient falls on an outstretched hand. However, if pain and swelling don’t go away, doctors become suspicious that the injury is actually more serious. A fall on an outstretched hand commonly breaks […]

Wrist Joint Replacement

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Wrist Introduction The wrist joint is replaced with an artificial joint (also called a prosthesis) much less often than other joints in the body, such as the knee or the hip. Still, when necessary, this operation can effectively relieve the pain […]

de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

A Patient’s Guide to de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Introduction The condition called de Quervain’s tenosynovitis causes pain on the inside of the wrist and forearm just above the thumb. It is a common problem affecting the wrist and is usually easy to diagnose. This guide will help you understand how this […]

Wrist Fusion

A Patient’s Guide to Wrist Fusion Introduction Arthritis of the wrist has many causes, and there are many ways of treating the pain. These treatments can be very successful, at least for awhile. But eventually the entire wrist can become so painful that nonsurgical treatments don’t work anymore. At this […]

Ganglions of the Wrist

A Patient’s Guide to Ganglions of the Wrist Introduction A ganglion is a small, harmless cyst, or sac of fluid, that sometimes develops in the wrist. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes ganglions, but a ganglion that isn’t painful and doesn’t interfere with activity can often be left untreated without […]

Intersection Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Intersection Syndrome Introduction Intersection syndrome is a painful condition of the forearm and wrist. It can affect people who do repeated wrist actions, such as weight lifters, downhill skiers, and canoeists. Heavy raking or shoveling can also cause intersection syndrome. This guide will help you understand […]

Kienbock’s Disease

A Patient’s Guide to Kienbock’s Disease Introduction Kienbock’s disease is a condition in which one of the small bones of the wrist loses its blood supply and dies, causing pain and stiffness with wrist motion. In the late stages of the disease, the bone collapses, shifting the position of other […]