Wrist Dislocation – Frisco, TX
Dr. Knoll is a board certified hand surgeon serving patients across Frisco, TX. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of wrist conditions, such as fracture, sprain, dislocation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome etc.

Wrist Dislocation

The wrist is made up of ten bones, which include a cluster of eight small carpal bones as well as two bones of the forearm namely radius and ulna. Dislocation of any of these bones is known as Wrist Dislocation. The condition is often accompanied by severe damage to the ligaments and soft tissues. People involved in sports like rugby, soccer, basketball and wresting are more likely to suffer the injury.

Wrist Dislocation is broadly categorized into the following categories:

  • Lunate Dislocation
  • Perilunate Dislocation
  • Galeazzi’s Fracture
  • Monteggia’s Fracture

Causes Of Wrist Dislocation

  • Severe injury to the carpal bones
  • Sudden pressure on the wrist due to an unexpected fall on an outstretched hand
  • Serious road accident can put a direct force on the wrist
  • Injuries in contact sports
  • Falling on a slippery surface
  • Lifting heavy weights

Symptoms Of Wrist Dislocation

  • A visible abnormality in the wrist
  • Severe pain and swelling
  • A popping sound may be heard at the time of dislocation
  • Pain increases with certain movements
  • Inability to move the hand freely
  • Tingling and numbness in the wrist
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness in thumb and fingers

Diagnosis Of Wrist Dislocation

  • The doctor may first conduct a physical examination of the wrist
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays may be conducted to see if there is a fracture along with dislocation
  • A CT scan or an MRI may be conducted to get clear details about damaged ligaments and fragmented bones
  • Radiography may also be conducted by the orthopedic doctor to look for the severity of dislocation

Treatment For Wrist Dislocation

Non-surgical treatment

  • Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) principle may be helpful in treating pain and inflammation
  • The hand surgeon may perform closed reduction to bring the dislocated bone back to its original position.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants may be prescribed to provide relief from pain
  • A splint may be used to re-align the wrist bones and hold them in place
  • Casting of the wrist and hand may also be advised by the orthopedic doctor
  • Physical therapy may speed up the recovery process and help to regain the normal functioning of the wrist
  • Stretching exercises should also be performed as suggested by the doctor

Surgical treatment

Surgical intervention may be required to treat Wrist Dislocation. During the procedure, the hand surgeon may put the bones back in their original position and repair the damaged ligaments or soft tissues. Metal screws and wires may be inserted to prevent them from dislocating again.

For diagnosis and treatment of Wrist Dislocation, visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Frisco, TX, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.