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DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is often caused by sprains or fractures from sudden injuries. But wrist pain can also result from long term problems, such as repetitive stress and arthritis. The wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones arranged in two rows between the bones in your forearm and the bones in your hand. There is minimal motion between all of these small bones that together allow for the extensive motion of the wrist. Arthritic or degenerative change at any of these small joints but especially at the base of the thumb can result in pain. These bones are attached by numerous ligaments and all the tendons of the fingers pass through the wrist. Repetitive strain type injuries from keyboarding, knitting, modeling in clay or any repetitive motion of the wrist or fingers can result in pain coming from these soft tissues. Wrist pain can affect your ability to use your wrist and hand, severely limiting your ability to carry on daily activities as well as athletic and sports participation.

Symptoms of Wrist Pain

Symptoms of wrist pain can vary quite a bit depending on the actual location and cause of the wrist problem. “Wear and tear” osteoarthritis of the wrist can cause a dull, aching pain that may become sharp with activity. It is not uncommon for your wrist pain to be accompanied by swelling of your fingers. Wrist pain can result in difficulty making a fist or gripping objects or with fine finger movements. It may cause pain with weight bearing on the wrist and prevent the use of a cane or the ability to lift weights or do planks or push-ups.

Non Surgical Treatment for Wrist Pain

Non- surgical treatment for wrist pain might include rest, icing, altering your work activities through ergonomic workplace changes and restricting recreational activities if possible so as to eliminate those that create repetitive stress on the wrist joint. Physical/occupational therapy might be helpful for certain tendon problems. Splinting is reserved for acute inflammation and traumatic injuries. Oral medications such as Tylenol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and topical pain creams can be helpful. Wrist injections can help to control painful inflammation within the joint and temporarily restore somewhat normal function. Unfortunately, in the long run, steroids contribute to degenerative processes within the joint that result in the progression of osteoarthritis.

To learn more and get help for wrist pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Surgical Treatment for Wrist Pain

Surgery may be necessary in the event that you have had a significant injury to the wrist such as a fracture or if the degeneration is advanced to the point where there is ‘bone-on-bone’ contact within the joint. Wrist arthrodesis surgery in which some or all of the bones of the wrist are fused together is reserved for widespread, advanced joint disease. Joint replacement may be considered for small joints in the wrist with similar disease.

To learn more and get help for wrist pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Wrist Pain

Regenerative Orthopedic treatment for wrist painuses your body’s repair mechanisms to heal degenerated or damaged tissues. Regenerative Orthopedic injections using bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma directly into the small joints of the wrist, the ligaments connecting them or into the tendons that pass through the wrist can alter the destructive micro-environment within these painful structures and stimulate growth and repair. They are generally reserved for patients suffering from arthritis that has not advanced to the ‘bone-on-bone’ stage or for chronic ligamentous or wrist tendon injuries that result from repetitive strain activities. These are same-day injection procedures that cause minimal discomfort and little or no down time. Patients can feel relief within a week but the full effect of regenerative injections takes 2-3 months.

Regenerative Orthopedic treatments offer the possibility of healing damaged and degenerated tissues to help you to a comfortable, active and productive lifestyle by improving stiffness, pain and joint function with greater mobility.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for Wrist Pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717