Wrist Arthritis - Plano, TX
Dr. Victoria D. Knoll is a leading hand surgeon practising in Plano, TX. She provides complete diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions, such as fracture, Wrist Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Ulnar Nerve Entrapment etc.

Wrist Arthritis

The wrist joint connects hand to the forearm. Two bones of the arm (radius, ulna) and eight small carpal bones of the hand join together to form this joint. Wrist Arthritis is a common condition characterized by gradual degeneration of the cartilage that lines the surface of the joint. It may cause the bones to rub against each other, leading to pain and limiting the wrist’s movement. The condition is more commonly seen in females and elderly people.

Types Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – Autoimmune condition in which body’s own immune system attacks the bones.
  • Osteoarthritis - Caused by excessive wear and tear of joints.

Causes Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Fracture of the wrist
  • Sports related injury
  • Trauma
  • Damage to the carpal bones and ligaments
  • Overuse of joint
  • Family history of Arthritis

Symptoms Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Pain and numbness in hand
  • Stiffness, particularly in the morning
  • Swelling and redness in the joint
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Cracking or grinding sound may be heard while moving the wrist
  • Weakness

Diagnosis Of Wrist Arthritis

  • Physical Examination:  The doctor may conduct a physical test to determine the mobility of thumb and fingers. He may ask details about any previous injuries or look for symptoms like swelling, redness, tenderness and instability in the joint.
  • X rays: For a correct diagnosis the doctor may recommend an X-ray to identify the exact location and severity of Wrist Arthritis.
  • Blood Test: These may be required to diagnose the type of Arthritis that has affected the wrist.

Treatment For Wrist Arthritis

Non Surgical Treatment

  • Splints:  Wearing a splint or brace may help to provide support to the wrist and restricts its movement, thus preventing further damage.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain.
  • Exercises: Certain stretching exercises may be performed to improve the wrist’s range of motion.

Surgical Treatment

  • Proximal Row Carpectomy:  To increase the wrist’s range of motion, the orthopedic surgeon may remove three carpal bones which are closest to forearm.
  • Fusion: This involves using screws and pins to join the carpal bones together to restrict movement between them. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the doctor may perform partial or complete fusion of the wrist joint.
  • Complete Wrist Fusion: If the joint has been severely damaged due to Arthritis, the orthopedic surgeon may fuse the radius with carpal bones. This surgery eliminates the wrist motion but preserves the movement of thumb, fingers and forearm.
  • Arthroplasty (Total Wrist Replacement): The orthopedic surgeon may replace the damaged cartilages and bones in the wrist with artificial implants. This may help to regain the lost motion of the wrist.

For treatment of Wrist Arthritis, visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Plano, TX, you can call at (972) 985 -1072.