Orthopedic Wrist Specialist in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Wrist Pain Specialists

Hands are an amazing part of anatomical structure, but prone to injury, arthritis, and disease. At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, a team of top-rated hand and wrist surgeons is ready to help get you back to the activities you love.

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What Causes a Wrist Fracture?

Breaks and fractures are some of the most common types of trauma to the hand. These injuries can occur from a fall, during sports-related activity, or by being crushed by a door. Most fractures are easily repaired without surgery. Our top-rated orthopedic surgeons can realign the bones and provide a splint or cast to hold them in place. However, some fractures do require surgery, especially when fractures break through the skin or when the injury is from a crushing accident. Symptoms include:

■ Joint Pain
■ Swelling
■ Inability to move a finger
■ Deformity (finger is crooked or has an unnatural bump in it)
■ Finger looks shorter
■ Depressed knuckle
■ Difficulty forming a fist

What Types of Wrist Fractures Are There?

Two common fractures occur in the wrist: radius and scaphoid fractures. The radius is the largest of the two bones in your forearm and is the most common broken bone in the arm. When the radius breaks near the wrist, it is called a distal radius fracture. When the other bone in the forearm, the ulna, is broken near the wrist, it is called a distal ulna fracture. Another fracture caused by using your outstretched arm to break a fall is in the scaphoid. It is one of the smaller bones in the wrist and is the most prone wrist bone to breaking. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends. If you have a fracture or break, pain or swelling will ensue. These injuries will cause joint pain in the wrist and require diagnosis by our clinic’s top orthopedic specialists where the best wrist surgeons in Kansas City are available to assist you. Our walk-in urgent care clinics are available for same-day treatment if you think you have a wrist fracture.

Do I Need Wrist Replacement Surgery?

The typical candidate for wrist joint replacement surgery has severe arthritis and is experiencing severe pain as well as losing function in the wrist and hand. This option is available for patients with painful arthritis or other serious hand and wrist injuries. Our team will provide a diagnosis to treat your hand and wrist. If needed, they will perform the proper surgery, whether it’s bone fusion, pins and plates, or total joint replacement. In wrist joint replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the wrist bones are removed and replaced with artificial components.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

One of the most common wrist problems we see at our Kansas City clinic is carpal tunnel syndrome. The carpal tunnel is a narrow structure in the wrist that resembles a tunnel that allows the median nerve and the tendons that bend fingers to travel from the forearm into the hand. Symptoms include hand numbness, tingling, or pain. Carpal tunnel pain is caused by pressure being applied to the median nerve, typically feeling like an electric shock in the thumb or nearby fingers, traveling up the arm. If diagnosed early, treatment can be non-surgical by using a brace, steroids, anti-inflammatory medication, or a change in activities. If symptoms are severe, surgery may be required.

Top Orthopedic Wrist Doctors in Kansas City

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City hand and wrist specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.