Wrist Arthritis – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle is a fellowship trained orthopedic offers comprehensive treatment for various hand and wrist related conditions like Mallet Finger, Wrist Pain, Wrist Arthritis etc. The Carrollton, TX based surgeon is also known for providing surgical treatments to the patients.

Wrist Arthritis

Wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small carpal bones and two larger bones (ulna, radius) of the forearm. The ligaments and cartilages present between the bones are responsible for their smooth and gliding movement. An inflammation in these tissues may lead to a condition called Wrist Arthritis. As the disease progresses, the cartilages and ligament deteriorate and lead to irreparable damage to the bones.

Types Of Arthritis Affecting The Wrist

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Post Traumatic Arthritis

Causes Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Wrist Fracture
  • Traumatic Sports Injuries
  • Direct blow to the wrist during a fall or accident
  • Excessive use of the wrist joint
  • Family history of Arthritis

Symptoms Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Clicking, cracking, or grinding sounds on moving the wrist

Diagnosis Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Physical Examination –
  •  The doctor may check
  • Instability In The Joint,
  • Inflammation & Tenderness
  • Joint’s Range Of Motion
  • Thumb’s Mobility
  • Nerve Function etc.
  • X–Ray Test – To have a clear view of the dense bone structures, the doctor may recommend and X-ray test. The test may also help the doctor to understand the type of Arthritis affecting the wrist.
  • Blood Tests – Conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis may require a blood test for complete diagnosis.

Treatment For Wrist Arthritis

Non- Surgical Treatment

  • The doctor may ask the patients to limit the activities that exaggerate the symptoms.
  • To relieve stress form the affected joint, doctors may suggest the patients to wear splints and casts.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctors to alleviate swelling and pain.
  • Specific rehabilitation exercises may be suggested to increase wrist’s range of motion.

Surgical Treatment

  • Proximal Row Carpectomy - The orthopedic surgeon may remove three carpal bones from the wrist to increase joint’s mobility.
  • Fusion - In this procedure the surgeon may fuse all the carpal bones together so that they do not cause more friction. The orthopedic surgeon may remove all the damaged cartilage and use metal pins or plates to join the bones.
  • Total Wrist Replacement (Arthroplasty) - The orthopedic surgeon may remove all the impaired bones and ligaments from the wrist and replace them with artificial metal implants. This may eliminate the symptoms of arthritis and increase the mobility of the wrist joint.

For complete treatment of Wrist Arthritis, contact Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist specialist, call at (972) 492 - 133 or visit 44780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.