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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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  • Very efficient practice - 10/19/17
  • Dr. Henry gave me my wrist back!!! Thank you Dr. Henry!!! - 07/10/17
  • The staff is nice and everyone is up on the treatment. I feel confident that I am getting the best care and am glad I came here. - 10/30/17
  • Dr. Henry was able to salvage my hand to make it usable again. I have already sent my Father here and he no longer has any pain in his wrist. - 11/13/17
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are amazing! I was able to get an urgent new patient appointment immediately with surgery that same afternoon. Dr. Henry does an excellent and thorough job explaining my injury and the healing process. Very impressed with his plan of early mobility and physical therapy, which helped restore my function back to normal within 8 weeks of surgery. I would 100% recommend Dr. Henry and his staff! Very pleased and grateful for his help. - 03/23/18
  • The doctor and staff are the best I have ever had. Very professionalism at its best. - 11/15/17
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
  • Outstanding service and results - 10/30/17
  • Thank you for repairing my injury and being kind in the process. - 01/10/18
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  • The staff and the Dr. are very helpful and understanding .I have not yet seen a better staff like this office . I will recommend any one here . - 11/06/17
  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • great doctor - 05/23/18
  • With the severity of my injury I am amazed at how functional my wrist is with the amazing team work shown at the office. From the very start the service and care have been outstanding!! I can't thank everyone enough! - 02/23/18
  • outstanding knowledge and gets you into the hospital if needed the same. - 02/09/18
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  • I couldn't be more pleased with the level of service I received while in Dr. Henry's care. The level of detail in which my injury was explained and resolved, and the level of competency that was displayed throughout the healing was truly outstanding. - 01/30/18
  • I was so impressed that Dr. Henry took so much time with me, explaining the whole process of my injury, what should have happened, and what we can do going forward. Thank you! - 09/28/18
  • David, Luis and the staff were so helpful and answered all my questions. Highly recommend the facility for any hand surgeries. - 09/27/18
  • This was the best choice I have ever made to have my hard repaired. Doctor Henry and his staff did an outstanding job of giving me the use of my hand back! - 12/12/18
  • I appreciate the expertise and experience of Dr. Henry!!! I know I had the BEST hand surgeon!!! - 05/02/18
  • Very happy I came here for the surgery, etc. - 06/09/17
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  • Dr. Henry is a tremendous doctor! - 05/22/18
  • Thank you all very much, Everyone was kind and helpful. Dr. Henry did excellent in always explaining the process of the care as well as the injury itself. - 12/14/18
  • Dr.henry knew his stuff. he was friendly but straight to the point. - 09/11/18
  • Great service and attention to patient needs. Staff was very attentive. - 09/17/18
  • best place for treatment of hand and wrist problems. Dr. Henry was recommended to me by a friend who is a medical care professional. - 10/06/17
  • Great Doctor and staff. Luis is a wonderful asset to the staff - 12/18/17
  • The visit was good - 09/27/18
  • Thank you for sewing me back together and guiding me through my recovery!!! - 05/15/18
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  • the whole group was very good, I had an excellent experience. - 11/09/17
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  • Visit was pleasant and went smoothly. No complaints. Outstanding service. - 09/14/18
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  • no complaints hand is coming along very well - 11/06/17
  • Dr. Henry and his staff are phenomenal. Dr. Henry has a gift for not only treating health issues extremely effectively, but he is extremely thorough and very efficient at communication and explaining everything he is doing and all of clearly outlining your options for future procedures. - 05/11/18
  • very helpful. staff was very helpful and outstanding. Dr. Henry explained everything to me - 06/19/18
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  • Very nice staff and surgeon. Thumb looks good now after surgery, hopefully thumb continues to heal and stays healed. Thank you - 01/30/18
  • Great experience on every visit. Doctor Henry's work is fantastic and his explanations are thorough. I recommend him highly whenever the opportunity presents. - 09/26/18
  • MD was very thorough and spent a good amount of time with the patient (me). MD had good bedside manners which you do not see from a lot of doctors nowadays. He also made sure everything was understood and that I was given a chance to ask questions or address any concerns I had. Everyone was courteous and professional. Thank you for making mu visit a pleasant one. - 05/02/18
  • very confortable,Dr. Henrry very professional and very friendly staff - 12/05/17
  • 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
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  • Dr. Henry was great, explained my situation and options to me very well and recommended the best option for me. I appreciated his understanding of my situation and feelings, and offering the best solution for me, very much - 12/14/18
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  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
  • I appreciated everyone being friendly and professional and quick and competent at what they do. Dr Henry is straightforward and clear with no extra b/s and I was quite pleased with that. - 09/20/18










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