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WRIST LIGAMENTS


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Wrist DislocationThe ligaments that stabilize the many connections inside the wrist joint are critical for normal functioning of the wrist. They are extremely short and tight ligaments rather than long cords like certain other ligaments in the body. Once they are torn, there is a short opportunity of around a month to get them repaired before they shrink away. After this time the strategy for recovering function of that ligament changes from repair to reconstruction and becomes a much larger scale treatment.

MEDICAL HISTORY

Early after injury patients usually recall the specific injury event followed by pain, swelling, stiffness, and weakness. Later the patient may note primarily weakness and a sense of giving way when trying to use the wrist for more strenuous activities. Some patients note a "popping" or "clicking".

EXAMINATION

Pressure applied over the damaged ligament usually produces tenderness. The joint may have lost motion. But the key to the examination is testing the function of each specific ligament with stress maneuvers.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: A test called an arthrogram was previously used to test for breaks in the ligaments but has been shown to be highly inaccurate and not relevant to ligament function. Magnetic resonance images (MRI) is more accurate than arthrogram regarding breaks in the ligament but gives absolutely no information regarding the functional performance of the ligament and is far less useful than a physical examination by a dedicated wrist surgeon. The only truly accurate test for ligament injury is direct examination by a fiber optic camera (arthroscopy) while testing the ligament under stress.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL REPAIR SURGICAL RECONSTRUCTION
CONSISTS OF Early range of motion exercise Arthroscopic repair Tendon transfer or graft
FEATURES Regaining full motion of the wrist is followed by strengthening of specific muscle groups Outpatient surgery, fiber optic camera guides ligament alignment Series of limited incisions allows rerouting of tendon material through passages in bone to stabilize joint
ADVANTAGES Avoids surgery Heals the original ligament at its correct attachments Can be used at any time prior to collapse
DISADVANTAGES Only useful for partial tears that do not affect wrist stability Some permanent stiffness results


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  • 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
  • I was very pleased with the entire process from first visit to last visit - 09/08/16
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Luis and all the staff have been great each time I've come in. - 09/22/16
  • David, Teresa, Luis, Joel, and Karen have all worked with me. They were all outstanding and I highly recommend them all. - 11/30/16
  • Love the Doctor and his staff. - 02/08/17
  • 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
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  • FIRST CLASS!!!!!!!!!! - 03/03/17
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  • 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
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  • Luis was great as well. - 01/04/17
  • 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
  • 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
  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • very helpful staff - 01/16/17
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • everything HAS BEEN GREAT AND HEALING WELL WITH ALMOST FULL MOTION IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS. tHANKS dr hENRY - 03/03/17
  • Very pleased with everyone and the procedures I have had done with Dr. Henry and his staff. - 12/28/16
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