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Wrist Anatomy

  • The wrist is made up of the two bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) and has eight separate bones, called carpals that provide movement and support to the hand. Many ligaments connect these bones to each other....

Causes of Wrist Pain

  • Common causes of wrist pain range from repetitive stress injuries to diseases such as arthritis. Damage to your ligaments, bones or the cartilage that cushions your joints can cause pain and affect your ability to use your wrist and hand....

Diagnosis of Wrist Pain

  • Your surgeon will evaluate your health history, perform a physical examination, and take x-rays to diagnose your wrist pain....

Non-Surgical Wrist Treatment

  • The treatment options covered here relate to osteoarthritis, although many of them may be helpful for patients with other arthritic conditions. Please ask your physician before starting any treatment....

Surgical Wrist Treatment

  • When non-surgical treatments fail to provide adequate relief from the symptoms of arthritis, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend joint replacement. The technique of joint replacement uses implants typically made from polyethylene (plastic) and metal alloy to replace the damaged sections of bone and cartilage in the joint....

Wrist Replacement

  • Wrist replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, removes the damaged bone and cartilage in a joint. The bone is resurfaced with implants made from metal alloy and polyethylene (plastic) to re-create the smooth gliding surface that were once intact....

Pre-op and Post-op Guidelines

  • Planning ahead and preparing for your wrist surgery can help ensure you a smooth surgery and an easier recovery. The following recommendations can help you with this process....

Caregivers Guide for Wrist

  • As a caregiver, your role is important for helping your friend or loved one recover from joint replacement surgery. When at home, there are a variety of things you need to know for the patient's safety, recovery, and comfort....

Physical Therapy for the Wrist

  • You may be prescribed a number of physical therapy exercises. Physical therapy is simply an exercise program that gently stretches and strengthens specific muscles and joints....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to their most asked questions.

Links to Additional Education

  • Additional links provided to trusted specialist in the field.
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