News Category: Wrist

Wrist Fracture in Medicare Patients

If you are over 65 years old and you break your wrist in Great Falls, Montana, will you get the same treatment as if you are over 65 and the injury occurs in California or Florida or Colorado? Researchers from Dartmouth Medical Center noticed that there aren’t a lot of […]

The Value of Arthroscopic Surgery for Septic Wrist Arthritis

This is the first study to compare the results of open surgery versus arthroscopic surgery for septic arthritis of the wrist. The procedure was an irrigation and débridement. That means once the surgeon accessed the area of infection (either through an open incision or arthroscopically), saline fluid was used to […]

Review of Surgery Versus Casting for Acute Scaphoid Fractures

Right now, most doctors prefer to fix an acute scaphoid fracture (fracture of the small bone on the thumb side of the wrist, where the wrist bends) with surgery if the break moves the bones, or displaces them. The chances of the bones not joining or not fusing properly are […]

Surgery or Casting for Acute Nondisplaced Scaphoid Waist Fracture?

The scaphoid bone, the small wrist bone at the base of the thumb, is easily broken, particularly if someone falls on an outstretched hand. Treatment of such a fracture is debatable among some surgeons as some prefer to do casting, while others prefer surgery for optimal healing. For casting, it’s […]

New Information About Gout Affecting the Wrist

This is the first study of arthroscopic descriptions of what happens inside the wrist affected by gout. Some interesting, new findings are reported. Gout is an inflammatory process that is known to affect the articular cartilage and subchondral bone. The articular cartilage is the thick, fibrous covering or lining of […]

de Quervain’s Remains a Puzzle

Stenosing tenosynovitis, or narrowing and inflammation of first extensor compartment of the wrist is called de Quervain’s disease. This happens when the sheath of the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist are inflamed or swollen. The disorder affects more men than women, particularly in women who are pregnant […]

High Percentage of Partial Osseous Coalition

The carpal boss is a bony part that sticks out of the back of the hand, called the dorsum, at the second and/or third finger joint. Researchers aren’t sure what causes it, whether it’s caused by trauma or that it’s degeneration of bone. They also don’t know how common it […]

Static Progressive Stretch May Improve Motion in Wrist Stiffness

An occasional stiff wrist may not be too bothersome, but if it results in a loss of motion and decreased function, treatment is usually needed. There are several causes of wrist stiffness, including scarring in the soft tissues of the wrist or inflammation in the joint that could be caused […]

Surgery for Kienböck’s Disease Still a Mystery

Results of studies around surgical outcomes for Kienböck’s disease are not consistent. What works best? When should the affected wrist bone (the lunate) be surgically removed? Can surgeons use the amount of damage to the joint surfaces as a guide in making this decision? Kienbock’s disease is a condition in […]

All-Inside Arthroscopic Techniques May Improve Treatment of Wrist Pain

Triangular fibrocartilage complex is a disorder of the wrist. The cartilage, tough fibrous connective tissue, is damaged or torn. The most common sign of triangular fibrocartilage complex is pain on the ulnar side of the wrist, the outside of the arm, closest to the “little” finger. There are two classifications […]

Treatment of Avascular Necrosis of the Carpal Bones Continues to Evolve

Avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis (bone death) of the carpal bones (wrist) causes pain, limited motion of the wrist, and weakness. Frequently, patients with this problem end up with arthritis in the affected wrist. The author of this article examined different treatment methods of avascular necrosis. The most common type of […]

Arthroscopic Surgery for Dorsal Wrist Impingement

Dorsal wrist impingement is an injury where the back of the radius (one of the forearm bones) hits against the wrist bones and traps the nerves. It’s a common injury, particularly in sports like gymnastics, where the gymnasts place a lot of force on their wrists with hand springs and […]

Treatment of Wrist Deformity Caused by Advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the many diseases that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. It is one of the most outwardly obvious arthritis types because of the way it can deform the joints, often the fingers and wrists. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease in which the joints become […]

Radial Shortening for Kienbock Disease Effective for Most Patients

Kienbock disease, a disorder where the blood supply fails to reach the small bones in the wrist, causing bone cell death, often feels at first like a sprained wrist. Unfortunately, unlike a sprained wrist, Kienbock disease needs treatment to remove the damaged part of the bone. To do this, surgeons […]

Diagnosis and Treatment of Perilunate Dislocations

In this article, physicians from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) bring us up to date on perilunate discloations. A perilunate dislocation is a wrist injury that occurs when there is enough force through the wrist to tear the ligaments and displace the lunate. The lunate […]

No Benefit Found from Operative Treatment of Acute Scaphoid Fracture

Usually, treatment of a break in the scaphoid, the largest bone in the hand, that hasn’t moved or displaced is casting. This has an 85 percent to 90 percent success rate for treatment if the casting is done quickly. However, casting takes time and is inconvenient, and recovery of strength […]