Wrist

Wrist Specialist
We use our hands and wrists to do everything, from eating to typing to driving. This type of pain can have a debilitating impact on your quality of life, which is why at Greater Austin Orthopaedics, the orthopedic hand and wrist specialists offer expert diagnosis and treatment for a variety of hand and wrist conditions. With convenient offices in South Austin, Oak Hill, North Austin, and Lockhart, Texas, Greater Austin Orthopaedics offers high-quality care in a friendly environment. Call or request an appointment online today.

Wrist Q & A

What causes wrist pain?  

Your wrist is a complex joint made up of eight small bones arranged in two rows. Ligaments connect the bones to each other and your arm and hand bones, and tendons attach muscles to the bones. If any of these bones or soft tissues are damaged — through sudden impact, repetitive stress, or conditions like arthritis — then you have wrist pain.

What increases your chances of wrist pain?

Wrist pain can affect anybody, whether you're sedentary, active, or somewhere in between. However, your risk of wrist injury and pain may be increased by:

Sports participation: Wrist injuries are very common in sports, especially with activities such as bowling, golf, snowboarding, and tennis.

Repetitive work: Almost any activity that involves your hands and wrists, such as knitting and cutting hair, can cause pain if performed often enough.

Certain diseases or conditions: Pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis may increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are some common wrist injuries?

Common injuries and disorders of the wrist include:

  • Carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Distal radius or Colles’ fracture (wrist fracture)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis
  • Scaphoid fracture or non-union fracture
  • Triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) tear

There are many possible wrist conditions, and an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist can diagnose your problem and determine a treatment plan that’s right for you.

What is a ganglion cyst?

Ganglion cysts are masses or lumps commonly found on the back of the wrists. They’re non­cancerous, fluid­-filled cysts that arise from irritation of the ligaments, joint linings, or tendon sheaths. Ganglion cysts can change in size or disappear on their own.

Many ganglion cysts do not require treatment other than removing the repetitive irritation. However, if the cyst is chronically painful and interferes with your daily life, an orthopedic surgeon can recommend the different methods of intervention, including surgical removal of the cyst.

If you’re suffering from wrist pain and rest, and changing your activities hasn’t helped, contact Greater Austin Orthopaedics to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist. Call today or request an appointment online.

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