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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained wrist doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating wrist injuries and conditions.

The wrist is a complex joint that bridges the bones, ligaments, and muscles of the hand to those of the forearm. Pain in the wrist is quite common, but identifying the source of it can be difficult, as there are a multitude of injuries and conditions that can cause wrist pain.

Wrist pain can be the result of a condition that has developed over time or from overuse injuries like tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis, or as the result of an injury from an accidental fall or recent sports injury, such as a fracture or sprain.

Though often associated with sudden or acute injuries, such as sprains or fractures, wrist pain can also be brought on by more long-term issues, such as repetitive stress or overuse, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

With regard to chronic conditions, such as tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis) and carpal tunnel, your pain and discomfort may significantly worsen, if left untreated. This may implicate wrist surgery as a viable treatment option to relieve pain and restore function to your wrist.

It may be time to seek treatment with a wrist specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Increased pain in the wrist or thumb
  • Tingling or numbness in the hand and forearm
  • Swelling or bruising on or around the wrist and forearm
  • Inability to carry, open, or twist objects without pain
  • Difficulty straightening the afflicted wrist

Our wrist doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics understand that wrist pain can make simple, everyday tasks challenging, but rest assured our wrist doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

While wrist conditions and injuries sometimes require surgical intervention, our wrist doctors only consider surgical treatment options after nonsurgical methods have proven unsuccessful. If surgery is necessary for you to make a full recovery, our wrist doctors will use the safest and latest surgical methods proven to ensure optimal outcomes.

To consult with a wrist doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopedic care of the wrist, our esteemed wrist specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating wrist injuries and conditions.

Our wrist doctors, Dr. Erik DorfDr. Peter Janes, and Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your wrist injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a Vail-Summit Orthopaedics wrist doctor, please request an appointment online.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.

Movement

Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.

Use

Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.

Posture

The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

Stay Active

Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.