The Doctors: Repetitive Wrist Injuries
Good weather, especially in the spring, means that people want to get back outdoors and enjoy their favorite activities. But did you ever think that your rush to get back outside could pose health hazards? Dr Travis Stork explained that repetitive wrist injuries are a hazard in the springtime. The key when it comes to golf, tennis, gardening, or other activities that are hard on the wrists is to take it slow and ease back into your habits. The Doctors also shared an Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery procedure that could be an option for some chronic patients.
Rollerblading, motorcycling, and even yoga could also be putting you at risk for wrist fractures and injuries, due to something known as “fall on an outstretched hand.” The Doctors met a woman who suffered for a year with her wrist pain and is ready to put an end to the issue.
She said she has tried multiple treatments, including Cortisone shots and therapies for Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel, with no results. The team referred her to a specialist, who did an MRI and found out the patient had a cartilage tear that would need to be corrected through minor surgery.
The Drs: Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
In the operating room, he used an injection fluid to distend the joint, making two small incisions in the wrist. Inside the woman’s arm, we could see where her cartilage was torn. He trimmed off the “loose edges” and checked the surrounding anatomy for any other damages, finishing with stitches and a splint.
Melissa and her doctor, hand surgeon Dr John Knight, joined Dr Travis in the studio for a follow up on the procedure. The physician explained that she had torn a piece of triangular cartilage in the wrist. He said that 90% of cases are handled Arthroscopically, as Melissa’s was.
“It’s one of the few times where you’re taking a tear…and making a bigger hole,” he said. Dr Knight said that the procedure has a 95% success rate for all types of patients. Melissa reported that her pain is gone, and with six weeks since her surgery, physical therapy has given her more strength and flexibility.
How To Prevent Wrist Injuries
Dr Travis suggested seeing a specialist for chronic wrist pain. Dr Knight advised warming up, stretching, and using ice as needed. He also said to stop activity if it’s causing you pain, and using wrist guards and taking proper safety precautions when lifting weights or even doing push ups.
“You want to try and do everything with the wrist in a neutral position,” he said.
In the ER, Dr Travis said the people who bounce back best from spring wrist injuries are those who stayed active through the winter. That’s something to keep in mind for good wrist health throughout the year.