News Category: Wrist

Ulnar Nerve Compression Diagnosis and Treatment Options

The ulnar nerve runs to the pinky side of the hand where it is responsible for both muscle actions and sensations.  Because the nerve must travel through a small canal at the wrist, the nerve can become entrapped resulting in pinky and or ring finger numbness as well as difficulty […]

Best Way to Treat Madelung Deformity

Madelung deformity of the wrist is a congenital (present at birth) deformity that can cause wrist pain, stiffness, and loss of motion. But the cosmetic appearance is what most often brings the child or teenager in to see a surgeon. The best way to treat this problem is unknown with […]

Wrist Replacement or Fusion?

Imagine trying to wash dishes, get dressed, or use the toilet with only one hand. That’s what happens to people with a painful arthritic wrist. For many people, arthritis of the wrist can cause pain, loss of function, and extreme disability. If you have painful, disabling wrist arthritis, which is […]

End of the Road for Scapholunate Instability

This follow-up study from the Department of Orthopedics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Rhode Island) gives us an idea of the long-term results for surgery to correct scapholunate (wrist) instability. In the original study published in 1998, there were 14 patients treated with a bone-reticulum-bone autograft. Now […]

Case Series of Wrist TFCC Repair

A fall onto the extended hand and wrist can result in a significant tear of the triangular fibrocartilage complex or TFCC. Painful clicking or clunking of the wrist is a sign that this anatomic structure has been torn. Without it, the wrist is not stable at the distal radioulnar joint […]

What to Tell Patients About Treatment for Wrist Fractures

Everyday orthopedic surgeons must advise patients about treatment for the various problems presented. Often the question comes up with wrist fractures: can I get by without surgery? Two hand surgeons from two different medical facilities join together in this article to discuss that decision. They use the case of a […]

Complete Review of Scapholunate (Wrist) Instability

Every bone, joint, and ligament in the wrist is important for a coordinated balance between movement and stability. Disruption of any one of these can create painful problems and loss of hand function. In this article, orthopedic (hand) surgeons provide an extensive, detailed, and very thorough review of scapholunate instability. […]

Treatment of DRUJ (Wrist) Arthritis

The wrist is a complex joint with many bones, ligaments, and tendons to support it through all of the motions needed for daily activities. Damage to the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) portion of the wrist can be a challenge to treat. In this article, hand surgeons from Mass General Hospital […]

Understanding Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain

Pain along the little finger (ulnar) side of the wrist has three major causes: 1) triangular fibrocartilage complex injuries, 2) lunotriquetrial ligament injuries, and 3) ulnar impaction syndrome. Any of these problems can also limit grip strength and hand function. The surgeon treating any of these problems must understand the […]

Two Important Factors in Results of Treatment for Perilunate Injuries of the Wrist

In this special focus article featuring the hand and wrist, hand surgeons from the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases present information on perilunate injuries. They discuss the complex anatomy of these injuries, management, and two important factors that affect long-term outcomes. Information is presented from their review of […]

Wrist Replacement Now Available

You probably know someone who has a hip or knee replacement. You may have heard there are also shoulder and elbow joint replacements. And now there are wrist replacements also known as total wrist arthroplasty or TWA. As with any new surgical procedure, one of the first things surgeons look […]

What Happens to Untreated TFCC Wrist Injuries?

Wrist pain at rest and with activities along with loss of strength and decreased function are disabling problems associated with triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears. The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) suspends the ends of the radius and ulna bones over the wrist. It is triangular in shape and made up […]

Easier Way to Repair Triangular Fibrocartilage Tears in the Wrist

Hand surgeons from the University of Hong Kong report on the use of a new, easier way to repair damage to the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) of the wrist. A TFCC injury can be a very disabling wrist condition. Current surgical treatments are not always successful in restoring pain free […]

Tendon Rupture After Wrist Fracture

Wrist fractures involving the radius bone of the forearm has a well-known complication associated with it. And that is rupture of the extensor pollicis longus (EPL) tendon of the thumb. This tendon helps move both the tip of the thumb and the wrist, so damage to it can impair function […]

Ulnar Styloid Impaction Syndrome

What is ulnar styloid impaction syndrome? Not exactly a household word. But certainly one that patients with ulnar-side wrist pain become familiar with rather quickly. First of all, ulnar-sided wrist pain is located on the little finger side. Ulnar styloid impaction refers to a condition causing that pain because there […]

New Information on How Cutting the Nerves in the Wrist Affects Motion

When you move your wrist up and down and back and forth, you are able to sense just how much movement is occurring. The sense of joint position and movement makes up what we call proprioception and kinesthesia. For a long time, we thought the information about proprioception and kinesthesia […]

Advice From a Hand Surgeon on Wrist Fractures

No one knows better than a surgeon who specializes in hand surgery the difficulties of repairing some wrist fractures. In this article, distal radial fractures are the focus. In particular, the surgical treatment of comminuted distal radial fractures is discussed and demonstrated. The radius is one of the two bones […]

Finding New Ways to Treat Kienböck Disease of the Wrist

Kienböck 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 bones in the wrist. This shifting eventually […]