As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained wrist doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat wrist conditions and injuries.
The wrists and hands are a crucial part of the human body, giving patients the ability to perform a wide range of tasks. When they are injured, a patient's life is dramatically affected, and routine activities can be very painful. There are many different reasons for why wrist pain occurs, and one of the most common is through hyperextension, which is when the wrist bends backward, stretching or tearing the ligaments. It frequently happens when a person falls and uses their hands to brace his or her fall. Repetitive stress injuries are also typical sources of wrist pain, of which, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common condition that doctors see. Patients who are diagnosed with this condition perform a similar action over and over, like typing on a keyboard, and usually experience a tingling feeling in the wrist. No matter the cause of the wrist pain, an experienced wrist doctor has the expertise to evaluate a variety of wrist injuries and conditions and offer treatment solutions to help reduce or eliminate pain.
When It's Time to Visit a Wrist Doctor
Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best wrist and hand care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a wrist doctor near you:
- Inability to lift or pick up items with your hands
- Limited range of motion
- Numbness or tingling sensation
- Pain that extends to the thumb and fingers
- Pain that travels to the forearm
- Pain when trying to bend or straighten the wrist
- Severe pain at night
- Stiffness and swelling
- Wrist feels weak
These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Nerve injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Trigger finger
Many wrist injuries and conditions can be treated through conservative methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If surgery is deemed necessary, our wrist surgeons have performed hundreds of complex wrist surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical treatments, which include:
- Endoscopic carpal tunnel release
- Nerve injury repair
- Open release carpal tunnel surgery
- Open surgery for wrist fractures
- Wrist arthroscopy
- Wrist fusion
Our doctors understand that pain in your wrist and hand can make everyday activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our wrist specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.
We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat wrist injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.
Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute
The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your wrist and hand pain.
At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our specialty-trained and board-certified wrist surgeons, Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Paul J. Gruska, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., Aaron G. Anderson, M.D., Rebecca B. Anderson, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas D. Magill, M.D., are skilled in treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, which includes the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Our wrist doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our wrist doctors also work in conjunction with our occupational therapy team to reach each patient’s personal goals in recovery.
To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced wrist surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.