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Orthopaedic wrist conditions, treatments and procedures
The wrist is actually made up of several small joints that connect the hand to the forearm. When everything is working well it gives us strength and flexibility, enabling us to transfer force from the arm to the hand. If you are experiencing wrist pain from an injury or underlying condition, your doctor may refer you to an orthopaedic hand surgeon who specialises specifically in the wrist, hand and forearm.
Wrist pain can be caused simply by a sprain or fracture from sudden injury, such as falling forward onto an outstretched hand. Conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive stress can also cause persistent wrist pain that may require specialist attention.
Wrist problems are treated by orthopaedic hand surgeons. Surgery is only recommended when there is a clear benefit to the patient such as in the event of traumatic injury, reconstructive surgery or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Wrist conditions are often accompanied by pain, swelling, bruising and stiffness in the joints. Nerve-related conditions can also be indicated by numbness and tingling. Wrist pain does not always require medical attention, but if the pain persists or worsens it is best to seek help from a healthcare professional.
At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, our specialist orthopaedic hand surgeons are considered among Australia’s leading practitioners. We are committed to supporting patients at every step of their healthcare journey through surgical excellence, outstanding facilities and patient-centred care.
I have a wrist condition, what are my next steps?
Talk to one of our wrist specialists who will help diagnose your condition and explain the best treatment options available to you.
If you have been experiencing persistent wrist pain, tingling or numbness that has lasted beyond a few weeks and does not respond to medication or rest, the first step is to make an appointment with your GP. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may suggest some exercises and home treatment. Further testing such as an X-ray or magnetic imaging (MRI) may also be required to diagnose the condition.
Many wrist conditions can be treated non-invasively with exercises and lifestyle adjustments and surgery is not always necessary. Once your doctor has confirmed the results, you will be referred to an orthopaedic hand specialist for a consultation at one of our St Vincent's Private Hospitals where you can discuss all the available treatment options.
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