Wrist Conditions Specialist

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Specialists located in Schaumburg, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

It’s no surprise that wrist conditions are common when you consider the amount of movement and stress your wrist endures, from your daily routine to repetitive motions and pressure from athletic activities. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists are experts at treating the full range of wrist conditions. If you have wrist pain, swelling, or stiffness, call one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Wrist Conditions Q & A

What do you need to know about wrist trauma and fractures?

Wrist injuries usually occur from falling onto your outstretched hand, causing soft tissue tears and bone fractures, such as:

Scaphoid fracture of the wrist

Occurs when any of the small bones in the wrist break. Some parts of the wrist have an inadequate blood supply, so healing complications can develop.

Distal radius fracture

A fracture of the radius — the large bone in your arm — where it meets the wrist, affects wrist function.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway that the allows the median nerve and nine tendons to pass through your wrist and into your hand. When the tunnel narrows or a tendon in the tunnel swells, the nerve becomes compressed, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Some people have a naturally small carpal tunnel that increases their risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes include:

  • Repetitive movement
  • Wrist injuries
  • Activities that involve wrist flexion or extension
  • Underlying health conditions such as osteoarthritis and diabetes

What other conditions affect wrist ligaments and tendons?

The doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists often treat:

Wrist tendonitis

Tendonitis, inflammation of a tendon, can develop in any of the tendons that pass through your wrist. Overuse or repetitive movements often cause it, but it can also stem from wrist injuries. Wrist tendonitis causes pain and affects movement because tendons attach muscles to bones.

Ligament sprains

A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. If the ligament tears away from the bone, it can take a small piece of bone with it, causing an avulsion fracture.

De Quervain’s tendinosis

A repetitive use injury that causes inflammation of the tendon that runs down your arm to your thumb. The tendon swells near the base of the thumb, making it hard to form a fist or grip things.

What type of arthritis affects your wrists?

Many types of arthritis may affect your wrists, but the three most common are:

  • Osteoarthritis: daily wear and tear causes cartilage to gradually degenerate
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: autoimmune disease causing inflammation that erodes wrist bones
  • Post-traumatic arthritis: previous injuries can lead to cartilage degeneration and arthritis

Can your wrist develop cysts and masses?

You can develop masses in your hand and wrist, but 95% of them are benign. The most common growth in your wrist is a ganglion cyst. While they’re not cancerous, ganglion cysts can be quite painful and limit movement.

If you’re suffering from any kind of wrist pain or injury, call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today.