Wrist Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Atlanta, Marietta, & Athens, GA

Your wrist is made up of several small joints that allow you to bend and twist your hand in many directions. Any problem in your wrist may cause pain or affect mobility that makes it hard for you to brush your teeth or comb your hair. The experienced orthopaedic physicians at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow, in Atlanta, Athens, and Marietta, Georgia, are experts at diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the wrist. To schedule a consultation, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment through the website scheduling tool.

Wrist Q & A

What are the conditions that affect the wrist?

There are many conditions that affect the normal structure or function of the wrist. Some of the common wrist conditions treated at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Keinbock’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Wrist fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Nerve injuries

Wrist problems may occur due to an acute injury, including sports or work injuries, or develop over time from overuse or an underlying disease.

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow provides expert care for all types of wrist problems and injuries.

When should I seek medical care for my wrist?

Not all wrist problems require medical care. You may be able to manage a minor sprain or strain at home.

However, you should seek medical care for your wrist from the experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow if you develop pain after an acute injury, have an obvious deformity, or your symptoms fail to improve within a few days.

Ignoring your wrist problem may delay healing and recovery or lead to long-term health complications.

What happens during an evaluation for my wrist?

When you visit Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow with concerns about a problem with your wrist, you can expect an in-depth history and physical. During your exam, your orthopaedic specialist reviews your symptoms, medical history, and performs a physical.

Though the orthopaedic specialists diagnose most wrist problems after a history and physical exam, you may benefit from diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. Testing may include X-rays, MRI, CT scan, or nerve conduction studies.

What are the treatments for wrist conditions?

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow provides nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for wrist problems. The specifics of your treatment plan depends on your diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and personal preferences.

In most cases, the orthopaedic experts take a non-surgical approach to wrist pain and disorders. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Activity modification
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Bracing, casting, or splinting
  • In-house therapy
  • Joint injections

When conservative measures fail to improve your wrist problem, Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow may recommend surgery.

The wrist specialists use advanced tools and techniques when performing surgery to ensure you get the best outcomes and conduct many procedures at their outpatient ambulatory surgery center.

For expert care of your wrist problem, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow or book an appointment online today.