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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.


  • great job! - 03/20/17
  • 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
  • Awesome as always! - 10/11/16
  • Amazing services and results. Unique experience - 10/31/16
  • I was impressed at how fast I was able to get an appointment. The staff was very helpful and the doctor was amazing! - 12/08/16
  • Doctor Henry was awesome! And Luis was very helpful and nice! - 03/20/17
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • 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
  • Mark is great and so is Luis (I would give Luis a raise!!) - 09/27/16
  • Luis and all the staff have been great each time I've come in. - 09/22/16
  • I gained full confidence in Dr. Henry and his staff as I progressed through my recovery. - 03/28/17
  • This was only a consult, but I felt that I was leaving with enough information and a plan on the next step needing to be taken. - 09/26/16
  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • Always a pleasure working with Dr. Henry and his awesome staff! - 10/07/16
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • 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
  • very helpful staff - 01/16/17
  • I will definitely recommend your practice to my friends and family. Thank you very much for seeing me and for the very detailed explanation! - 10/14/16
  • Thank you so much for all your support and help! I have benefited a lot from this facility! - 10/13/16
  • Thank you! - 03/08/17
  • Fabulous I will be recommending to everyone I know that can benefit from the services provided. - 03/14/17
  • 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
  • Great staff and speedy process! - 04/14/17
  • Awesome staff.. - 09/26/16
  • Everyone here has been awesome. We appreciate everything you all have done. thank you! - 12/05/16
  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
  • always outstanding service! - 04/12/17
  • Awesome experience. Luis rocks! - 04/06/17
  • 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
  • thank you for helping me - 02/03/17
  • The staff was great. David was very helpful with my surgery scheduling and questions. Luis was fabulous when I needed help with changing my dressing. Joel was nice helping me with the undoing of the dressing. Great group to be a patient of. - 12/13/16
  • Staff was very courteous and helpful. Dr. was very informative and easy to understand. - 03/27/17
  • very impressed with the whole experience. - 02/28/17
  • thank you - 02/09/17
  • I feel very confident in Dr Henry and the direction I am headed. - 03/10/17
  • 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
  • Great center with friendly staff and very competent physician. I would definitely recommend to others. - 10/20/16
  • Dr. Henry did an excellent job on my grandmothers wrist. Staff is always very friendly and helpful. - 03/02/17
  • Very pleased with the staff and Dr. Henry. Would highly recommend Dr. Henry to my family and friends in the future. Love this place!!! - 09/07/16
  • Excellent care and service! I would highly recommend Dr Henry and his staff! - 09/14/16
  • :) - 06/01/17
  • Thank you for the help. - 11/10/16
  • 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
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  • great - 10/06/16
  • This was my last visit and I'll miss y'all. - 03/29/17
  • Very professional - 03/30/17
  • great service nice folks glad I came to this office doctor was very cool - 03/23/17
  • thank you, you all were very helpful - 03/03/17
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • I have loved coming here and felt very welcomed by everyone! Thank you so much for all you do! - 03/10/17
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
  • Great staff. - 05/02/17
  • 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
  • Dr. Henry has the best verbal skills I have witness on a physician; and, I have been a physician myself for decades! - 12/01/16
  • Amazing people. Luis, Joel and Teresa, and Dr. Henry... I appreciate all of you. Your staff is outstanding. - 09/14/16
  • Dr. Henry and each and every one of the staff we met exhibited a spirit of excellence in every area. From the first visit we were comfortable and confident that we would be well taken care of. - 09/28/16
  • Very pleased with everyone and the procedures I have had done with Dr. Henry and his staff. - 12/28/16
  • The Doc is awesome and his staff is on their game, the wait can be a little long but you get that when you are dealing with elite care. - 09/19/16
  • Dr. Henry and Mary in PT helped me get my dominant arm back in working order. - 04/18/17
  • Great friendly staff - 10/28/16
  • Everyone is always nice - 12/14/16
  • 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
  • excellent! dr & staff! - 06/14/17
  • I am feeling so much better! My hands do not fall asleep and I do not drop things anymore. Yah! Thank you so much! - 09/16/16
  • Luis was very kind and helpful with all of my questions and concerns. He also assisted me with obtaining supplies for my brace and hand until I can get to therapy. - 10/21/16
  • I enjoyed my visit - 11/14/16
  • Great work. - 02/03/17
  • I was very pleased with the entire process from first visit to last visit - 09/08/16
  • 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
  • I have never doubted I was in the best possible hands here. I cannot correctly express my gratitude. Thank you all very, very much for everything you've done for me. - 11/09/16
  • Dr Henry is a wonderful Dr. and I would highly recommend to others - 02/07/17
  • Wonderful work no issues - 11/17/16
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • Everyone was great and very helpful. Our family really appreciates the medical attention my son received from his injury. Thank you so much. - 11/01/16
  • David, Teresa, Luis, Joel, and Karen have all worked with me. They were all outstanding and I highly recommend them all. - 11/30/16
  • only wish I would have come here before having surgery done elsewhere. - 11/30/16
  • 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
  • Everyone was kind and efficient. All things were clearly explained to me and I felt confident in doing my dressings. - 03/03/17
  • Excellent treatment by the physician and friendly service by the staff. Will definitely recommend to friends and family. - 09/12/16
  • Thank you to everyone here with my surgery and healing process! I really felt comfortable with everyone on the staff and feel as though I came to the best place possible for my surgery. THANK YOU!!!! - 09/09/16
  • joel was also my assistant but everything was great - 03/07/17
  • Very pleased with the staff and Dr Henry during my treatment. - 12/15/16
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • The staffs here was GREAT!!!! - 06/21/17
  • very good team work, best clinic - 06/21/17
  • 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
  • At every interaction with your office: consultation with Dr. Henry, day of surgery, need for prescription refills, all follow-up visits, I felt comfortable, welcome, and well informed. On the day of my last visit, I am very optimistic about the function of my left hand. Thank you. - 09/07/16
  • Great Appoitnment - 05/11/17
  • All the staff and Doctor Henry were great! - 05/01/17
  • Really appreciate the education and insight related to my wrist and future athletic training - 05/31/17
  • :) - 05/11/17
  • 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
  • Amazing Doctor and staff. - 11/16/16
  • 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
  • Staff exceptional and Dr. Henry is as well. - 11/15/16
  • Great detailed information. - 11/03/16










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