Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Updated: Dec. 29, 2010
Wrist arthritis is a common form of arthritis that makes it difficult to perform tasks of daily living.
There are many different forms of arthritis, but wrist arthritis is typically caused by two forms:
Symptoms include severe wrist pain, swelling of the wrist joint, restriction of wrist movement, weakness in the wrist, and decreased grip strength. These symptoms can make it difficult to perform daily activities like opening jars or holding a coffee cup. In severe cases, wrists can become deformed.
A physical examination and review of your medical history will help your doctor determine diagnosis. X-rays are often performed to help distinguish between various forms of arthritis.
Often, modifying activities, taking anti-inflammatory medicines, and immobilizing the wrist with use of a split helps to manage pain and swelling.
Sometimes, a cortisone injection into the joint may be helpful in reducing symptoms.
When nonsurgical treatments are no longer effective, surgery may be considered.
These surgeries can often be performed using minimally invasive arthroscopic wrist surgery.
If a surgical procedure is necessary, you and your doctor will work together to determine what method is best for you.
Duke Orthopaedics treats wrist arthritis at locations throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
At Duke Orthopaedics, our doctors often treat wrist arthritis with wrist arthroscopy. The following video demonstrates this procedure.