Wrist

Wrist conditions and injuries, which can become complicated, are best treated by a hand specialist like our Dallas orthopedic hand surgeon, Dr. Thomas DiLiberti

People often refer to their wrist bone, but the wrist is actually comprised of eight small bones, called carpals, and the end of the two bones in the forearm—the ulna and the radius. Wrist conditions and injuries can cause pain, reduced mobility and range-of-motion, or even long-term problems if left untreated. Due to the complexity of the wrist structure, patients benefit from the skilled care provided by our Dallas hand surgeon, Dr. DiLiberti.

Wrist fractures, sprains and strains

A wrist fracture can occur in any of the carpals or in the part of the ulna and radius that are in the wrist area.  These breaks happen when you experience a forceful hit or impact from a fall, a sports injury or car accident. Bones can also break as a result of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle.

Wrist conditions and injuries such as fractures are not uncommon. Some of the fractures that our Dallas hand surgeon sees and treats are: distal radius fractures, scaphoid fractures, ulna fractures and hook of hamate fractures.

Wrist fractures need to be properly cared for by a specialist to ensure proper healing. Dr. DiLiberti evaluates each fracture, taking many factors and diagnostics into account, and develops the best treatment plan for each patient.

When you stretch or tear a ligament, it’s called a sprain. If the ligaments are simply overstretched, it’s a minor strain, but if the ligaments are completely torn, you may need surgery.

Tendinitis

Tendons may become inflamed, causing pain and problems with range of motion. Often, tendinitis can be treated using non-surgical methods; however, sometimes surgery may be necessary. For example, patients with de Quervain’s syndrome, which involves a narrowing of the tunnel near the thumb, may need surgery to create room for the tendons.

Nerve injuries

Nerve injuries can become very complicated to treat. Surgery to correct nerve injuries requires an expert in microsurgical techniques. Our Dallas hand surgeon is fellowship trained in microsurgery, so patients can feel confident that this sensitive injury is in the hands of a skilled specialist.

Our Dallas hand surgeon has the specialized knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat your wrist conditions and injuries

Wrist conditions and injuries are complex, but in the right hands, treatment can go very well. If you or your loved one is suffering with wrist pain or problems, contact us.


Kienböck’s Syndrome

In addition to common fractures and sprains, our Dallas hand surgeon has the training to diagnose and treat more unusual conditions such as Kienböck’s Syndrome.

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This causes one of the wrist carpal bones, to die.

The lunate bone is critically important in the movement of the wrist. Kienböck’s Syndrome is one of the more complicated wrist conditions and injuries to treat, so the ability and knowledge of your physician is very important to the outcome.