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Wrist Specialist

Alta Orthopedics

Amish A Naik, MD, PhD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon located in Millburn, NJ

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.

Wrist Q & A

Why does my wrist hurt?

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:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Other pinched or inflamed nerves
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprain or strain
  • Bursitis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Fractures

One of the easiest ways to injure your wrist is by trying to block a fall with your hand.

What kinds of symptoms might I have in my wrist?

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:

  • Dull ache — osteoarthritis
  • Numbness or tingling — CTS
  • Warmth, swelling, or bruising — sprain, strain, or fracture

Dr. Naik may order imaging studies such as X-rays to evaluate your wrist bones and other structures.

How should I treat wrist pain?

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:

  • Resting your hand
  • Icing your wrist
  • Compressing the area with a bandage or brace
  • Elevating your hand above your heart whenever possible.

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:

  • A growth on your hand or wrist
  • Trouble moving your hand, wrist, thumb, or fingers
  • Chronic hand and wrist pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more 
  • Worsening symptoms
  • Pain and swelling that doesn’t improve with a few days of RICE

He custom designs a treatment plan that could include state-of-the-art nonsurgical and surgical therapies.

How do doctors treat wrist pain?

Dr. Naik treats your wrist pain based on your symptoms and diagnostic findings. Some options may include:

  • Joint injections
  • Medications
  • Arthroscopic repair

Get relief from wrist pain and stiffness by contacting Alta Orthopedics today. Use the online form or call the friendly and helpful staff.