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Our wrist doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of hand, fingers, nerve, and wrist injuries and conditions.

Although there are many causes of wrist pain, one of the most common occurs when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. This causes the wrist to hyperextend (or forcibly bend backwards). When this happens, the ligaments may stretch or tear. If the force is especially strong, the small bones of the base of the hand can also fracture.

In addition to sudden injuries, wrist pain can also result from long-term problems, such as arthritis or carpal tunnel. The wrist is a complex joint comprised of eight tiny bones arranged in rows between the bones in your hand and forearm so you should always seek treatment for your wrist pain from an orthopaedic surgeon experienced in treating the wrist.

Know When to See a Wrist Doctor

If you think your pain may be due to a wrist injury or condition or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you should contact a wrist doctor near you:

  • Pain when trying to straighten the wrist
  • Pain when twisting lids off jars or rotating to open items
  • Pins and needles feeling, especially at night
  • Severe pain that extends to the thumb
  • Swelling or stiffness in the wrist or forearm
  • Tingling sensation in the hand and forearm
  • Weakness or pain when trying to carry items with hands

You should also see a doctor if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection. Most people use their hands and wrists constantly throughout the day, and as a result, pain usually does not go away unless it is properly diagnosed and treated by a wrist doctor.

Common orthopaedic issues that can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fracture
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hyperextension
  • Kienbock's disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scaphoid fracture
  • Strain or sprain
  • Stress fracture
  • Tendon injuries
  • Tenosynovitis

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained wrist doctors understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your wrist pain and the most effective treatment for your individual wrist issue.

To consult with our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons specializing in the wrist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in EdwardsFrisco, or Vail.

Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the wrist, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating injuries and conditions with and without surgery.

Our specialists, Dr. Erik Dorf, Dr. Peter Janes, and Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, are also wrist surgeons with additional fellowship-training in hand and upper extremity and sports medicine and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions as well as wrist surgery.

To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the hand and wrist disorders we treat through our patient education resources. 

Tips for Healthy Wrists

The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect yourself.

Extend and Flex
Each morning, rotate your wrists several times. Make sure not to overextend or move them into positions that could put you at risk for injury. This small, regular practice will help keep your joints from becoming stiff.

Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you perform a repetitive activity that uses the wrist, make sure to take more frequent breaks than normal to help avoid wrist pain. If the night-time numbness in your wrist is keeping you awake, a wrist brace worn while sleeping may help you.

Remove Tripping Hazards
Reduce the risk of wrist injury by doing an audit of your home or workplace to remove tripping hazards. Remove or relocate loose throw rugs, electrical cords, or other loose items from floors and staircases.