About Wrist Pain

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is Wrist Pain?

The wrist is made up of eight small bones (carpal bones) plus two long bones in your forearm — the radius and the ulna. The most commonly injured carpal bone is the scaphoid bone, located near the base of your thumb. Wrist pain is another extremely common because the wrist is constantly in use. Manual laborers, athletes, and active individuals are most at risk.

Common Causes:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis of the wrist
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Sprained Ligaments

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing a Wrist Pain, our experts will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays ( to rule out a fracture)

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the majority of wrist pain. Treatment options help reduce symptoms. The following are commonly prescribed:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) decrease swelling, inflammation, and pain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain.

Activity Modification

Reduces or stops symptom causing activities.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Upper Extremity Specialists are experts in treating wrist pain.

If you are in pain and would like a treatment solution you should contact OPA to schedule an appointment at our location in Anchorage.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Hand & Wrist Team

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Owen L. Ala, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Christopher Manion, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.

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