Suffering from pains in the wrist area. Our Dallas Wrist Pain Treatment could get you back to feeling normal.
Dr. Pedro Loredo is a wrist pain treatment specialist serving the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area. Learn more about how our Wrist Pain Treatments in Dallas may help.
What Causes Wrist Pain?
A variety of different conditions can result in Wrist Pain, including:
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Symptoms may include:
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands
- Sharp pain in the hand which radiates to the arm and/or shoulder
- Muscle weakness of the index and middle fingers and thumb
- Discomfort or aching in hands (one or both)
- Inability or difficulty grasping or holding objects due to lack of feeling in hands
- Inability or difficulty performing tasks which require fine hand motor skills
Learn more about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
DE QUERVAIN’S TENDONITIS
Symptoms may include:
- Pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist which may travel up the forearm
- Swelling along the thumb side of the wrist (sometimes accompanied by a fluid-filled cyst),
- Stiffness around the thumb and wrist caused by pain and swelling, a “locking” or “clicking” sensation when moving the thumb
- Muscle weakness or discomfort when carrying objects.
Learn more about De Quervain’s Tendonitis
TRIANGULAR FIBROCARTILAGE COMPLEX TEARS OF THE WRIST
Symptoms may include:
- Pain, swelling, tenderness or clicking, snapping, or crackling sensation in the wrist on the ulnar (little finger) side, especially with an activity which requires wrist/forearm rotation such as opening a doorknob or using a can opener
- The trouble with wrist rotation, muscle weakness in the wrist or a feeling that your wrist is going to “give out”
- Diffuse wrist pain (pain throughout the entire wrist area which cannot be pinpointed to one area).
Learn more about TFCC - Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tears of the Wrist
Symptoms may include:
- Aching pain, swelling, stiffness or decreased range of motion of the finger and hand joints
- Visible redness around the finger and hand joints.
Please visit our Arthritis page for more detailed information.
The scaphoid bone in the wrist is the most commonly fractured of all of the carpal (wrist) bones. A scaphoid fracture most often occurs as the result of a traumatic injury or fall onto an outstretched hand. Symptoms may include pain at the wrist by the base of the thumb, swelling, and weakness with grip.
SCAPHOLUNATE LIGAMENT TEAR
The scapholunate ligament connects two of the main carpal (wrist) bones together and is the main stabilizer of the scaphoid bone. The function of this ligament is to ensure that the carpal bones move in unison and allow for easy rotation of the wrist. If the scapholunate ligament is injured, the carpal bones can move in opposite directions. leading to wrist pain, weakness, swelling, and wrist instability.
SCAPHOID LUNATE ADVANCED COLLASPE (SLAC)
SLAC is associated with the dissociation of the scapholunate ligament and is a condition which eventually leads to degenerative osteoarthritis. Symptoms may include pain and swelling of the wrist and a decreased range of motion.
SCAPHOID NON-UNION ADVANCED COLLAPSED (SNAC)
SNAC is associated with a fracture of the scaphoid bone which failed to heal and is a condition which eventually leads to degenerative osteoarthritis. Like SLAC, symptoms may include pain and swelling of the wrist and a decreased range of motion.
This condition is caused by decreased or eliminated blood flow to one of the carpal (wrist) bones called the lunate. When this bone is deprived of its source of nourishment, it begins to undergo necrosis and die. Symptoms may include pain, weakness, and/or stiffness in the wrist and eventual deformity of the wrist.
Dr. Loredo’s Approach to Treating Wrist Pain
Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Loredo may attempt to treat the condition non-surgically through the use of anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), steroid injections, splinting, resting and icing, or physical therapy. In the event that non-surgical treatment is ineffective, Dr. Loredo will opt for surgical means to treat the specific condition which is causing the Wrist Pain.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Dr. Loredo uses the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques available. Most patients enjoy instantaneous relief from pain with little to no post-operative downtime.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what condition I have?
Only a medical professional can definitively diagnose the cause of your Wrist Pain through physical examination, ultrasound, or X-ray. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with the conditions listed above, please contact our office to make an appointment.
Is there anything I can do to prevent Wrist Pain?
Yes, you can try the following things to prevent or ease wrist pain:
- Avoid flexing or extending your wrists repeatedly
- Avoid repetitive grasping while your wrist is flexed
- Keep your wrists straight as much as possible even during sleep using wrist braces as an aid
- Rest your hands and wrists frequently
Does having Wrist Pain mean that I need surgery?
Not necessarily. Dr. Loredo will evaluate your individual condition and will consider all non-surgical treatment methods first such as anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain, steroid injections to reduce swelling and pain, the use of splints, resting and icing the affected area(s), and/or physical therapy. In the event that these conservative measures do not resolve the pain or the condition has progressed beyond the point that it is feasible to attempt non-surgical treatment, Dr. Loredo will recommend surgical intervention. You can take comfort in knowing that Dr. Loredo's treatment centers around your degree of symptoms, not just your x-ray images.
Dr. Pedro Loredo is a Fellowship Trained Board Certified Hand Surgeon that can help your wrist pain. "Oh Lord, help me to feel you calming hand upon me when I am in pain. Let you ever-loving comfort enfold me. And give me the heart to see that in my suffering, I am becoming closer to you.. and more divine. Amen. "
Contact the Loredo Hand Care Institute
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Wrist Pain or would like to learn more about our practice in the Dallas area, please contact us today.