Wrist Arthritis

The wrist is an articular chain composed of 15 bones. The surfaces of the bones are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth substance that protects the bones and enables them to move easily.

Osteoarthritis is a degradation of the cartilage that will cause friction during movements that can cause pain and stiffness of the joint. This pathology can develop spontaneously or in the aftermath of trauma.

To assess the level of disease and provide the most appropriate treatment, your surgeon will need to perform a clinical examination of your wrist and to analyze an imaging balance including an X-ray and an MRI or CT arthrography. Inquire in advance to perform the most appropriate examination.

Treatment options

Medical Treatment

The pain and inflammation of the joint can be controlled initially by the prescription of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Appropriate rehabilitation will also help to maintain a flexible joint and to combat the painful phenomena.

Your doctor or rheumatologist may propose you an infiltration of anti-inflammatories or a viscosupplementation.

These medical treatments aim to relieve you momentarily but do not prevent the evolution of the disease.

Surgical Treatment

There are several surgical techniques that can be performed alone or combined depending on the severity of the bone involvement. These techniques are described in the treatment of pseudarthrosis of the scaphoid

In the most severe cases, the partial or total wrist prosthesis will replace the joint damaged by osteoarthritis by a prosthetic implant.