Wrist Ligament Tears Treated at Mercy Medical Center

Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand Center - Baltimore

Patients from the Baltimore region turn to the orthopedic surgeons at The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center for their expertise and advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of wrist injuries such as wrist ligament tears.

About the Condition

Ligaments in the wrist connect the tiny wrist bones together. Wrist ligaments also connect the wrist bones to the arm and hand. Wrist ligament tears cause the function of the wrist to be disrupted. Falls are the most common way wrist ligaments can be torn or injured.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Wrist ligament tear symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Clicking or catching
  • Loss of motion
  • Instability

An orthopedic doctor specializing in wrist and hand injuries can diagnose a wrist ligament tear by taking a medical history and performing a physical exam. X-rays and MRIs are taken to have a better view of the tear and its location.

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Treatment Options

Wrist ligament tear treatment can include both non-surgical and surgical options. A cast or splint may be used to keep the wrist immobilized and rested and anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in wrist and hand injuries may perform an arthroscopy to view the extent of the tear and also repair the wrist ligament tear at the same time.