A wrist injury can severely hinder your ability to play sports and complete everyday tasks. If chronic wrist pain negatively affects your quality of life, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Anisa Yalom, MD, offers solutions at OasisMD in Encinitas, San Diego, and Temecula, California. She uses conservative and advanced surgical treatments to accelerate healing and restore wrist structure and function. Call OasisMD at the first sign of a wrist injury or use the online scheduler today.
Your wrist is made up of several small joints that connect your forearm to your hand. It consists of various bones, tendons, and ligaments. There are numerous wrist injuries you might encounter, including:
Your risk of developing a wrist injury increases if you play sports, take a hard fall, do repetitive work with you hands (typing or cutting hair), or have arthritis.
If you have a wrist injury you might experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
If wrist pain is severe or doesn’t subside after a few days, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at OasisMD for an evaluation.
To diagnose the cause of a wrist injury, Dr. Yalom reviews your medical history, asks you about your symptoms, and examines your wrist. She may complete blood tests, nerve tests, or advanced diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or an ultrasound.
Your personalized treatment plan depends on the type and severity of your wrist injury. Your orthopedic specialist might recommend:
For minor wrist injuries your doctor may encourage you to try ice, rest, compression, or wearing a brace while the injury heals.
Physical therapy may accelerate healing without further treatment. Your therapist shows you exercises that strengthen your wrist joint, relieve pain, decrease recovery time, and prevent future injuries.
Medications or injections help reduce pain and inflammation associated with a wrist injury.
If other treatment options fail, surgery might be the best way to fully restore joint function and ease chronic wrist pain. Dr. Yalom may recommend wrist arthroscopy using small surgical instruments and a tiny camera to view the inside of your wrist’s structures.
She might remove cysts or inflamed areas, complete wrist ligament repair, or utilize wrist reconstruction by surgically fixing multiple injuries at once.
Don’t live with chronic wrist pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with OasisMD by phone or online today.