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WRIST ARTHRITIS


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The term arthritis simply refers to the condition of a joint losing its smooth cartilage surface. When this happens the two bones that make up the joint begin to contact each other. This friction and grinding causes pain, swelling, stiffness and further cartilage loss. Osteoarthritis has no special cause other than use of the joint for many years throughout life. Other types of arthritis are special inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic damage to the joint causing arthritis.

MEDICAL HISTORY

The symptoms usually set in slowly over time. Eventually patients complain of lost function, pain, stiffness, swelling, weakness, and sometimes deformity. The doctor will ask questions to determine whether the arthritis is post-traumatic, osteoarthritis, or a special inflammatory arthritis.

EXAMINATION

The wrist joint is tested for range of motion, stability, alignment, and any grinding during movement.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: Plain x-rays show the degree of arthritis and any bone loss or erosion that may have happened.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL WRIST JOINT ARTHROPLASTY SURGICAL PARTIAL WRIST FUSION SURGICAL TOTAL WRIST FUSION
CONSISTS OF Oral arthritis medications, cortisone joint injections Removal of 3 of the arthritis bones, allowing new contact surfaces Removal of 1 of the arthritic bones, fusion of the others Fusion of all the wrist bones
FEATURES Limited number of injections is allowed Outpatient surgery, early rehabilitation Outpatient surgery, screws hold the fused bones together Requires bone graft from the hip, plate and screws hold the fusion
ADVANTAGES Avoids surgery Better motion Some motion preserved, durable result Solid, durable, effective for any pattern of arthritis
DISADVANTAGESOnly treats the symptoms not the underlying bone contactTemporary weakness, only effective if cartilage remains on the large central wrist bone, result may worsen over timeLimited motion, need to fuse, pain relief may not be completeNo motion, plate implanted into body

RECOVERY

Sutures are removed in the office at 2 weeks. Splints are used for protection for the first 4 weeks. After this arthroplasty patients begin outpatient rehabilitation to increase motion and strength, a process that takes several months to develop. Fusions take between 8-10 weeks to unite solidly. After this time the outpatient rehabilitation begins. All patients are expected to use the wrist for everyday activities by just after 3 months from surgery. Strength and function continue to improve gradually over time.


  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
  • The doctor was very informative and provided me with a solution quickly and I really appreciate that in this day and age. This is an awesome institution. - 03/02/17
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • Had a wonderful experience overall. Breaking my arm was tough but the staff here was always very, kind and helpful. Especially Dr. Henry, Mary, Karen, Luis, Joel, Teresa and David. I'll miss them all but hopeful won't have to see them any time soon :)Thank you! - 05/04/17
  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • Very knowledgeable about the possible procedures the could be preformed! Dr. Henry is a very honest person and I appreciate that in a man more than anything. He gave me truth and not what I wanted to hear! Thanks - 04/04/17
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • The entire team at the Hand and Wrist Center is outstanding. They made the recovery so smooth and comforting from the courteous receptionists, excellent occupational therapist, attentive medical assistants, and brilliant doctor. Thank you! - 03/31/17
  • We have had the best experience here. The staff has always accommodated us and since Tyler is only 10, they always go out of their way to make sure we are comfortable. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Henry and his staff to anyone I know. Thanks! - 02/28/17
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • Thank you for the hard work and excellent care. If ever I need this type of care again I will be knocking on your door. I've already recommended your services to others. Thanks Again! - 03/07/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • very helpful staff - 01/16/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • thank you for all you have done! I recommend you foranyone that is having any problems via hand wrist. Amazing surgon and doctor!!! - 02/01/17
  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • very good at explaining how I should take care of my thumbs and always answered any question I had regarding my health issue I was very pleased with my visit and the care I got at both visits - 03/07/17
  • thank you - 02/09/17
  • Really appreciate the education and insight related to my wrist and future athletic training - 05/31/17
  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
  • thank you, you all were very helpful - 03/03/17
  • Staff is always friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend this office. Dr. Henry is a very skilled surgeon and went out of his way to make sure I understood my procedure and the rehabilitation process. - 03/24/17
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • I was very impressed with how I was treated by the doctor as well as the Medical assistant. All my questioned were answered and I was treated with care and respect. Luis was Awesome! Doctor Henry was very informative. I will recommend him to friends and family - 06/09/17
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • very impressed with the whole experience. - 02/28/17
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • some of the most friendly staff and the doctor always explained the information in a manner in which I could understand which always made it very helpful. will definitely recommend this location to family and friends. - 05/31/17
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  • Great staff. - 05/02/17
  • all excellent care - 07/12/17
  • Great staff, Great Doctor, Great surgery, recovery, and follow up. Thank you for the time and attention with helping me through the entire process. I felt very comfortable and safe with the entire process. - 02/10/17
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • Thank you! - 03/08/17
  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • I have enjoyed this facility and Dr. Henry has been more than helplful. All questions answered, as well as answers I didn't even know I had! The staff is always helpful. - 03/03/17
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • Great work. - 02/03/17










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