Pain and swelling in your wrist can affect the agility of your hand and fingers, too. If you have wrist pain, Amish Naik, MD, PhD, an expert orthopedic surgeon and founder of Alta Orthopedics in Millburn, New Jersey, diagnoses and treats your pain and dysfunction at its source. Whether your wrist pain is caused by arthritis, repetitive use, or a traumatic event such as falling on your wrist, getting a proper diagnosis and treatment helps you regain pain-free mobility again. Schedule a wrist consultation today by phoning the knowledgeable Alta Orthopedics team or scheduling an appointment online.
Your wrist may be small, but it’s one of the most complex joints in your entire body. In fact, your wrist isn’t just one joint, but a series of joints that allow your hand and wrist great flexibility, so you can move it up and down and side to side, and you can twist it, too.
Musicians, manual laborers, and athletes who throw or swing are all subject to repetitive use injuries of their wrists, and may develop osteoarthritis.
Your wrist pain might also be caused by:
One of the easiest ways to injure your wrist is by trying to block a fall with your hand.
The sensations that you experience in your wrist and hand tell Dr. Naik what might be the root cause of your pain and disability.
Key symptoms of a wrist injury and their possible corresponding causes include:
Dr. Naik may order imaging studies such as X-rays to evaluate your wrist bones and other structures.
If you suffered a minor, acute injury to your hand or wrist, you may be able to treat it yourself at home.
Dr. Naik recommends the RICE protocol:
You can control pain or inflammation with over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
When your pain is severe or your hand swells or bruises, contact Alta Orthopedics for a wrist consultation. You may have a hairline fracture that needs to be treated.
Also call Dr. Naik if you have:
He custom designs a treatment plan that could include state-of-the-art nonsurgical and surgical therapies.
Dr. Naik treats your wrist pain based on your symptoms and diagnostic findings. Some options may include:
Get relief from wrist pain and stiffness by contacting Alta Orthopedics today. Use the online form or call the friendly and helpful staff.