Wrist Pain

"The most common fracture in the arm, and the second most common fracture in the body (second to spine fractures) is an injury of the bone in the distal forearm named the radius. Eponymns for this fracture include a Colles, Smith, and Barton’s fractures; each term describing a different fracture pattern. Usually, a patient falls on the outstretched arm causing displacement of the bone towards the back of the wrist." – Richard A. Bernstein, M. D.

People typically simply ascribe pain and discomfort in their hands to “arthritis.” Though arthritis is common, most cases of nontraumatic hand pain are due to hand overuse or tendinitis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common in the general population and can affect 1-5% of people, independent of their jobs or occupations. Fortunately, whether the cause of the symptoms is arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis, most patients can improve through nonoperative measures. Injuries also can change our lives very quickly. It is best to always get an early, thorough evaluation by the appropriate specialist. Delaying treatment can often lead to worsening, less correctable problem. Most injuries can be addressed quickly and expediently through splinting and early restoration of function.

The most common fraction the arm, the second most common fraction in the body (second to spine fractures) is an injury or fracture of the bone and the distal forearm name the radius. Evidence for this fracture include a Colles’, Smith, and Barton’s fracture; each term describing different fracture pattern. Usually patient falls on the outstretched arm causing displacement of the bone towards the back of the wrist. Fracture of the wrist are unfortunately common but fortunately, most heal with good restoration of function. Most wrist fractures can be treated with casting, some can benefit from surgical treatment to return to function quickly.