Symptoms of wrist osteoarthritis

Wrist osteoarthritis can present with the following symptoms:

  • Wrist Pain: Persistent pain in the wrist joint, which may worsen with movement or activity.
  • Stiffness: Reduced range of motion in the wrist makes it challenging to perform tasks involving bending or twisting movements.
  • Swelling: Inflammation and swelling around the wrist joint.
  • Grating Sensation: A grinding or grating sensation within the wrist joint during movement.
  • Weakness: Weakening of the muscles surrounding the wrist joint due to pain or disuse.
  • Limited Function: Difficulty gripping objects, performing fine motor tasks, or bearing weight on the affected wrist.
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Expert diagnosis and evaluation

Our expert doctors specialize in the precise diagnosis of wrist osteoarthritis. We conduct a thorough evaluation involving a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans. This helps us to:

  • Evaluate the extent of joint damage
  • Determine the severity of the condition
  • Create a customized treatment plan for each patient

Comprehensive treatment options

At HSA, our certified specialists provide various treatment options to manage wrist osteoarthritis and alleviate your symptoms effectively. Depending on your condition's severity, overall health, and lifestyle objectives, we may recommend the following treatment options:


  • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises and stretches to improve wrist strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  • Medications: Pain-relieving medications and anti-inflammatory drugs to manage discomfort and reduce inflammation.
  • Assistive Devices: Using supportive devices such as splints or braces to stabilize and support the wrist joint.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Recommendations for activity modification, ergonomic adjustments, and weight management to minimize stress on the wrist joint.

Minimally invasive interventions

  • Corticosteroid Injections: Injections of anti-inflammatory medications into the wrist joint to provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Viscosupplementation: Injections of hyaluronic acid to improve joint lubrication and reduce friction in the wrist joint.

Surgical treatments for wrist osteoarthritis

  • Wrist Joint Fusion: Surgical procedure to permanently join the wrist bones, stabilizing the joint and reducing pain.
  • Wrist Joint Replacement: Surgical intervention to replace the damaged wrist joint with an artificial joint, providing pain relief and improved function.
  • Proximal Row Carpectomy: In cases where breakdown and loss of cartilage between the carpals result in wrist pain, the surgeon may perform a proximal row carpectomy. This procedure involves the removal of three bones closest to the forearm, allowing for pain relief while preserving some movement. Proximal row carpectomy is commonly used for osteoarthritis (OA) that may develop after a wrist sprain or ligament tear.
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Why choose HSA for wrist osteoarthritis care?

If you're struggling with wrist pain, stiffness, or limited mobility due to wrist osteoarthritis, don't let it disrupt your daily routine or comfort. Contact HSA today to schedule an appointment and start on the path to relief and restoring wrist function.

HSA specializes in treating wrist osteoarthritis with exceptional care, boasting a team of highly experienced, board-certified orthopedics and microvascular surgery specialists with extensive knowledge and expertise in this area. We stay ahead of the curve in advancements in wrist osteoarthritis treatment, utilizing cutting-edge surgical techniques, minimally invasive procedures, and state-of-the-art technologies to offer the most effective and innovative treatment options.

Above all, we prioritize your well-being and will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and guide you through your treatment journey with empathy and understanding. Our skilled team of specialists is committed to providing you with the highest quality care and helping you overcome this painful condition.

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