Home to the region’s leading orthopedic treatment center, The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) offers cutting-edge and compassionate treatment for bone, joint and muscle injuries and illnesses. Our team of orthopedic experts is committed to complete patient education, working collaboratively to determine the best treatment method to get each patient back to their active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Our physicians work with a collaborative team of nurses, medical staff and rehabilitation experts to offer numerous surgical and non-surgical solutions for patients with orthopedic wrist conditions.
Top Physicians With Outstanding Treatment Outcomes
The team of orthopedic physicians at TMCA is focused on providing the best possible treatment outcomes for our patients. Our team-based approach and tried-and-true treatment methods have earned us #1 in outpatient satisfaction scores among Denver HealthONE hospitals.
In order to endure optimal outcomes for our patients, TMCA has invested in newly renovated, state-of-the-art ORs and advanced orthopedic surgery technology.
If you’re interested in more information about orthopedic wrist treatment at TMCA, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can contact us at 303-873-0630.
Wrist Conditions We Treat
- Arthritis of the wrist
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Colles’ fracture / Distal radius fracture
- De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Fractured wrist
- Ganglion cyst of the wrist and hand
- Ulnar tunnel syndrome of the wrist
- Wrist sprain
Conditions In Depth
Arthritis of the wrist affects each person differently and can cause significant pain and reduced quality of life. The term arthritis literally means joint inflammation, and arthritis in the wrist can progress over time.
The team of orthopedic surgeons at TMCA treats arthritis with the goals of relieving pain, maintaining mobility and function, and improving quality of life. Treatment can include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery and more. Learn more here.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by compression of the median nerve. On its way to the hand, the median nerve passes through an opening in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Constant, repetitive hand motion may aggravate the ligaments and tendons encased in the tunnel, causing tingling and numbness in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger.
In the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, the TMCA orthopedic team focuses on treatment modalities including altering the use of the hand and wrist that led to the condition, ice and elevation, physical therapy, wrist stabilizing devices and over-the-counter of prescription medications. Surgery may be needed if symptoms are severe, or continue after trying other treatments. The most common procedure is carpal tunnel release. Learn more here.
A Colles’ fracture / distal radius fracture is a break in the distal part of the radius bone. The radius is one of the bones of the forearm. The distal end of the bone is considered part of the wrist.
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to separate. If this occurs, the orthopedic specialists at TMCA will need to put the bones back in place, either with or without surgery. A cast, splint, or sling may needed to protect, support, and keep your wrist in line while it heals. Over-the-counter or prescription medications and rest will also be required. Learn more here.
De Quervain's tenosynovitis is an irritation of tendons that run from the wrist to the thumb. These tendons pass through a tunnel-like tissue, called a sheath, at the wrist. The tunnel area can cause additional pressure and irritation on thickened or swollen tendons, making normal movements painful.
At TMCA, the goal of treatment for De Quervain's tenosynovitis is to relieve pain and help you regain function. Supportive care may include restricting activities of the thumb and wrist, ice therapy to help relieve swelling, a thumb splint to support the wrist and medication such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
If supportive care is not helpful, then cortisone injections may be advised to reduce swelling. If injections are not helpful, then surgery may be advised to open the tunnel that the tendon is passing through. Learn more here.
A wrist fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in the wrist. Symptoms of a fractured wrist include pain, swelling and bruising around the wrist, limited range of wrist or thumb motion or a visible deformity in the wrist.
Treatment for a fractured wrist include putting the wrist bones back in their proper place, either with or without surgery, followed by supportive care such as a wrist splint or brace to prohibit movement while the wrist heals, pain relief medications and physical and rehabilitative therapy. Learn more here.
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled sac. It is usually attached to the membrane that surrounds a tendon or a joint lining. Ganglion cysts usually appear on the back of the wrist. They may also be on the underside of the wrist, hand and fingers.
Some ganglion cysts go away without treatment. For others, treatment to remove the cyst can include putting a needle into the cyst to drain the fluid, injecting a corticosteroid solution into the cyst, or surgically removing the cyst. Learn more here.
Ulnar tunnel syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is compressed at the wrist. It causes numbness and tingling in the fingers and weakness in the hand. Treatment for the ulnar tunnel syndrome can include physical therapy, lifestyle changes to relieve pressure and pain relief medications. In some cases, surgery is required to relieve the pressure, followed by rehabilitation.
A wrist sprain is stretching or tearing of the ligaments that support the wrist. The most common causes for wrist sprains are falling on an outstretched hand and repetitive motion.
At TMCA, the first steps of treatment for a wrist sprain usually include rest and immobilization, ice, compression and elevation. A brace may keep the wrist still as it heals, or a cast may be needed for 2-3 weeks in cases of severe sprain. Surgery is rarely needed to repair a wrist sprain. However, surgery may be needed to repair a ligament that is torn completely, or if there is an associated fracture. After treatment for a wrist sprain, physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises are recommended to regain strength and function in the wrist. Learn more here.