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Ligament Injuries of the Wrist

Are You Experiencing Chronic Wrist Pain or Have You Injured Your Wrist?

At HandSport Surgery Institute we have worked with thousands of patients who experienced ligament injuries in their wrist that resulted in pain and reduced motion while causing a disruption in their life. We understand that any injury to your wrist is an important one that should be treated as soon as possible.

Ligament injuries of the wrist are common after falling on an outstretched hand (FOOSH), sports injuries, automotive or bike accidents, and blunt force trauma. Though some ligament injuries could be treated with rest, wraps, splinting, and rehab, others can cause debilitating damage that require surgery to maximize mobility in the future.

To find the exact cause of your wrist pain, the best place to start is to get a full diagnosis from an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist at HandSport Surgery Institute. Drs. Mark and Jason Pruzansky have experience providing successful outcomes treating both common conditions and unusual injuries of the wrist. With over 40 years of combined experience, Drs. Mark and Jason Pruzansky have consistently been named top hand and wrist surgeons because of their special expertise in correctly diagnosing and treating complex hand and wrist problems with leading-edge procedures.

What is a Wrist Ligament Injury?

One of the most common types of wrist injury, apart from fractures, is injury to the ligaments.

Your wrist has many ligaments, each playing an important role in flexion and extension, side to side, and rotation of your wrist. When you injure any ligament in your wrist, it results in pain, limits your range of motion, and decreases the strength of your grip.

Ligaments are short bands of flexible connective tissue that connect bones to form joints. Wrist ligament tears can be partial or complete. When a ligament is torn, it becomes inflamed. Whenever a ligament is injured, the bones that are attached to that ligament can no longer move properly.

Left untreated, this irregular motion can cause further irritation, increased damage, and heighten discomfort in the affected area. Depending on the severity of your ligament tear, the hand and wrist surgeons at HandSport Surgery Institute will determine and discuss with you all conservative treatment options.

In some cases surgery may be the best course of action. During your appointment, Drs. Mark or Jason Pruzansky will be able to grade the severity of your wrist ligament injury and work with you to find the optimal treatment.

Types of Wrist Ligament Injuries

  • Scapholunate Interosseous Ligament Tears The Scapholunate (SL) Ligament connects the scaphoid and lunate together. When someone falls onto a hyper-extended wrist, such as when skiing, snowboarding, or playing football and basketball, a Scapholunate Ligament Tear can occur. Leaving this tear untreated could lead to wrist degeneration, which is why bad tears sometimes require surgery and others just rest or rehab.
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tears: The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) is a ligament and cartilage structure that connects the radius and ulna forearm bones together for proper wrist rotation. Partial tears can sometimes be treated with rest, splinting, anti-inflammatory medication, and occupational therapy. For complete tears, surgery may be necessary.
  • Distal Radioulnar Joint Ligament Tears: A tear of one of the distal radioulnar joint ligaments leads to rotational wrist instability, making this injury especially important to have diagnosed by an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist so that appropriate treatment can begin. It often occurs in tennis players creating maximal topspin.
  • Lunotriquetral Ligament Tear: This ligament stabilizes and connects the wrist on the ulnar side. When torn partially or completely during a FOOSH, this injury causes wrist instability and may require surgical intervention to optimize mobility.
  • Distal Radioulnar Joint Ligament Tears: Distal Radioulnar Joint Instability occurs when articular contact between the two forearm bones at the wrist follows an abnormal path in rotation.
  • Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Subsheath Tears: ECU Tendinitis is a condition common among people who play racquet sports or basketball and involves an inflammation of the tendon that runs along the back of the wrist on the pinky side.

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If you have any questions or concerns about your wrist – don’t wait. The functionality of your wrist can be greatly diminished by allowing wrist conditions or injuries go untreated. Make sure you are seen by a professional and contact us.

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