Carpal Instability - Wrist Ligament Injury
IntroductionCarpal instability occurs when the small bones in the wrist move out of position and compromise joint functioning. This may result when the ligaments that hold the bones together are torn or when the bones are fractured or affected by arthritis. Carpal instability causes ongoing pain and the loss of wrist functioning. Symptoms may improve with nonsurgical and surgical methods.
Your doctor will feel the ligaments and bones in your hand to pinpoint the source of pain. Your doctor will maneuver the carpal bones to diagnose specific areas of instability.
Surgery to repair carpal instability is followed by a period of immobilization with a splint or cast. You will participate in therapy following immobilization after surgical or non-surgical treatment. Initially, your hand will feel stiff and possibly swollen. A therapist will move your joints to help reduce swelling and ease discomfort. This is assisted by the use of various modalities, such as heat, ultrasound and Fluidotherapy. When you have achieved full range of motion, you will begin strengthening exercises. Your therapist will also teach you how to improve your hand coordination and prevent future injuries.
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