Wrist Pain & Sprains

Wrist pain may be just a minor sprain, but if it lasts very long then it should be evaluated by a Physician for accurate diagnosis.

There are eight bones called the carpal bones, multiple ligaments, and even a little triangular fibrocartilage in the wrist.

The triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) is triangular in shape and is made up of several ligaments and cartilage. If the triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) is torn, then it can be either trimmed or repaired using Wrist Arthroscopy, usually with great success. The triangular fibrocartilage is on the little finger side of the wrist and is a little cartilage similar to the ones that are present in your knee. We see many patients with this problem, and they are happily treated with just arthroscopy.

A wrist sprain is a common injury that can range from mild to severe. They are graded depending on the degree of the injury to the ligaments. A wrist sprain of a significant degree can be repaired easily if it is caught early, but if it’s late then it can be quite difficult to repair, often needing a partial fusion, or if very late, a complete wrist fusion or total joint replacement. It’s good to have a wrist sprain diagnosed early. The diagnosis of the degree of a sprain usually requires a physical exam by a Physician followed by an MRI Arthrogram of your wrist.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness. Arthritis at the base of the thumb and into the wrist can sometimes be treated non-surgically using therapy and splinting. When there is too much pain, then an Arthroplasty is used to replace the joint at the base of the thumb. This can be very successful and is a fairly common procedure to be done.