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Our wrist doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are the region's experts in providing evaluation and treatment for wrist injuries and conditions.

Wrist doctors often treat people after they have been injured during a fall. That's because it is a normal reaction for a person to reach out their hand to catch their fall. When this happens, it may cause the wrist to hyperextend, which means that the ligaments and tendons stretch and rip, or it may cause the wrist to fracture or break.

Another common issue wrist doctors treat is called carpal tunnel syndrome. When a patient comes to a wrist doctor with symptoms of numbness or tingling in the wrist, forearm, and fingers, the wrist doctor knows there is a good chance that the problem is carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis is yet another condition wrist doctors frequently treat, which is typically seen in older patients. 

Wrist doctors must have a special understanding of the wrist and how it functions in order to offer the best treatments for a patient. Because the wrist is made up of eight tiny bones and multiple other tissues, patients with wrist pain should find a doctor who has experience specifically in the wrist.

When It's Time to See a Wrist Doctor

Being aware of certain symptoms is important because if a wrist issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it will help to avoid further wrist damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best wrist care. If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your wrist or the surrounding tissues:

  • Pain and stiffness in the wrist
  • Pain is caused by normal use of the wrist, such as turning a doorknob
  • Thumb pain that travels to the wrist
  • Tingling sensations
  • Unable to extend the thumb due to wrist pain
  • Unable to rotate the wrist due to stiffness
  • Weakness or inability to hold items in hands

These symptoms often correspond to a more serious wrist condition or injury, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's syndrome (gamer's thumb)
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hyperextension
  • Kienböck's disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Radial tunnel syndrome
  • Wrist sprain

Our orthopedic doctors understand that wrist and hand pain can have a major effect on your lifestyle and keep you from performing routine, everyday activities. To schedule an appointment with one of our wrist doctors, please call (740) 788-9220 or request an appointment online

Our wrist specialists also understand that some injuries require prompt evaluation, which is why we are proud to offer same-day appointments. To schedule a same-day appointment, please call our office before 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine

Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your wrist pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care.

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of wrist and hand injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. However, if surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical hand and wrist procedures, such as carpal tunnel release surgery or De Quervain's release surgery. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.

Taking a team approach, our wrist surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

To schedule an appointment with one of our wrist surgeons, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.