Wrist pain, numbness and tingling, and stiffness can all be signs of wrist injuries, either from trauma or overuse. For nagging or painful wrist symptoms, discuss your concerns with Mohamed A. Saad, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Saad specializes in the treatment of wrist injuries and dysfunction so you can regain pain-free mobility in your wrist and forearm. To schedule an exam of your wrist, request a visit online or call today.
The wrist is a complex structure that includes many bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels, all of which can be injured by trauma or overuse. Wrist injuries are typically defined by the length of time you’ve been experiencing pain, such as acute pain lasting just a couple of weeks to chronic pain that can last weeks, months, or years.
You don’t need to deal with or suffer through wrist pain, which can prevent you from working, exercising, and completing tasks around the house. Instead, see Dr. Saad to understand your diagnosis and treatment options.
Different conditions can affect the anatomical structures in your wrist and forearm, including:
These injuries can occur suddenly due to trauma, like boxing or falling on an outstretched hand, or develop over time from typing, using a computer mouse, and moving your hands and wrists repetitively.
Since the wrist is such a complex joint, Dr. Saad performs a complete physical exam of your wrist, forearm, and hand to identify any areas of tenderness or discomfort. He checks blood supply to your hand and evaluates the function of your nerves in case those vital structures are affected by your condition.
Next, he completes an orthopedic exam of your wrist, which involves certain movements to stretch and compress the structures in your wrist, forearm, and hand. If X-rays, a diagnostic ultrasound, or an MRI are needed, Dr. Saad may perform imaging in the office or refer you to an outside facility. Based on his findings, Dr. Saad explains your diagnosis and what can be done to treat it.
Treatments vary for wrist pain and injuries, so Dr. Saad uses your diagnosis and the severity of your discomfort or wrist dysfunction to determine which treatment is most appropriate. For mild to moderate conditions, bracing, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy may be recommended.
For more serious conditions, like fractures or carpal tunnel syndrome, that don’t respond to other treatments, Dr. Saad may recommend surgery to repair the damage or take pressure off the median nerve in your wrist, respectively.
Find out what’s causing your wrist pain and get help from Dr. Saad by requesting an appointment online or calling the office now.