Nicholas Jew, MD
Orthopedic Hand Surgeon and Upper Extremity Specialist & Hand & Wrist Surgeon located in Jackson, MS, Flowood, MS, & Madison MS
Wrist pain is not uncommon but can make everyday tasks feel uncomfortable. At Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Madison, Jackson, and Flowood, Mississippi, orthopedic hand surgeon and upper extremity specialist Nicholas Jew, MD, and his team can find the root cause of wrist pain and alleviate your discomfort. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online to get started today.
Wrist Pain Q & A
What is wrist pain?
Wrist pain is a feeling of discomfort at your wrist joint or the area that connects your hand to your forearm. Bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles make up the joint.
Common symptoms associated with wrist pain include stiffness, swelling, redness, warmth, tingling, and decreased range of motion. Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center offers same-day appointments for acute injuries.
What causes wrist pain?
Injuries and chronic diseases that can contribute to wrist pain include:
- Sports injuries
- Sudden impacts
- Repetitive motion or stress
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Distal radius fractures
- Strains and sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Kienbock's disease
- Ganglion cysts
Risk factors for developing wrist pain include playing sports, repetitive work using your hands or wrists, falling, advanced age, pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity.
How does my provider diagnose the cause of wrist pain?
To find the root cause of wrist pain and develop an effective treatment, Dr. Jew reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history, and examines your wrist during a physical exam. He checks your wrist for swelling, reduced range of motion, and tenderness. He also assesses your forearm and grip strength.
Dr. Jew might recommend you undergo blood tests, nerve tests, arthroscopy, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasounds to create an in-depth analysis of your injury.
Arthroscopy is a procedure in which Dr. Jew inserts a tiny instrument containing a camera and light into your wrist to get a view of the tissues inside. During nerve tests, Dr. Jew inserts an electrode into your muscle to record electrical activity.
What are my wrist pain treatment options?
Wrist pain treatments depend on the type and severity of your injury. Dr. Jew might recommend:
For a minor wrist injury, wrap your wrist in a bandage, wear a wrist brace, and ice the affected area.
Taking medications can diminish inflammation and pain associated with a wrist injury. Some medicines can reduce arthritis symptoms.
Physical therapy stretches and exercises can strengthen muscles in and around your wrist joint and improve your range of motion.
Splinting or casting
If you have a wrist fracture, strain, or sprain, Dr. Jew may suggest you wear a splint or cast to hold bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments in their proper alignment during the healing process.
In the case of a severe wrist injury, Dr. Jew can repair or replace tissues in your wrist to alleviate pain. He offers minimally invasive wrist surgery under local anesthetic so that you can stay awake during the procedure. He uses the latest advancements in surgical technology and techniques to give you the best outcome.
Don’t let wrist pain negatively affect you when treatment at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Madison can improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.