Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common, painful, progressive condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist area.Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness and tingling sensation in all the fingers except the little finger; pain and burning sensation in the hand and wrist that may radiate up the arm and elbow; and weakness in the hand with diminished grip strength.

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Distal Radius Fractures

The forearm consists of two bones, the radius and ulna. The radius is the larger of the two forearm bones, and the region towards the wrist is called the distal end. Fractures in this end are most common.The distal radius can be broken in various ways, but generally occurs around 1 inch from the distal end of the wrist.

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Scaphoid Fractures

The scaphoid bone is a small, boat-shaped bone in the wrist, which, along with 7 other bones, forms the wrist joint. It is present on the thumb side of the wrist causing it to be at a high risk for fractures. A scaphoid fracture is usually seen in young men aged 20 to 30 years. They can occur at two places: near the thumb or near the forearm.

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Scaphoid Nonunions

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Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are swellings that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of the wrists. They can be found either at the top or palm side of the wrist, or at the end or base of a finger. Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous fluid-filled sacs that do not spread to other parts of the body and are usually harmless. It develops out of a joint like a water balloon on a stalk and contains a clear fluid or jelly material.

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TFCC Injuries/Torn Cartilage

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a complex of tissues - cartilage and ligaments - located near the outer region of the wrist, below the little finger. The complex stabilizes the wrist, allows easy movement and acts as a shock absorber. Sports activities or falls can damage or injure the TFCC, causing wrist pain and instability. The injured TFCC complex may also produce a clicking sound with certain wrist movements.

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Wrist Arthroscopy

Your wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones called carpal bones. These bones are supported by connecting ligaments. Various conditions can affect your wrist joint such as carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis and others.Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to view, diagnose, and treat problems of your wrist joint.

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DeQuervains Tendonitis

The muscles and bones of the hand are connected by thick flexible tissue called tendons. Tendons are covered by a thin soft sheath of tissue known as synovium. Extensor pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus are two tendons located on the thumb side of the wrist. Inflammation and swelling of the tendon sheaths puts pressure on the adjacent nerves and leads to pain and numbness in the thumb side of the wrist.

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Sprains and strains are common sports injuries. Sprains are injuries caused to ligaments (tissues that connect bone to bone). Injuries can include stretching or tearing of the ligaments and can commonly occur in the wrist. These injuries are usually caused by a fall on an outstretched arm. Sprains can range from mild to severe based on the extent of injury to the ligament.

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The ends of the bones within a joint are covered by a spongy tissue called cartilage, which is lubricated by synovial fluid. These help in the smooth, friction-free movement of the joints. Wear-and-tear or damage to these tissues can lead to arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of the joints. Arthritis in the wrists can cause swelling, pain, stiffness, weakness and joint deformity, all of which interfere with the daily activities of the wrist.

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Useful Links

  • American Academy of Arthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society For Surgery of The Hand