Wrist Ligament Injuries

The carpal bones are eight small, separate bones that, when healthy, work together to give the wrist mobility and function. A number of ligaments work together with these bones, but if compromised by a fall or a sports injury these ligaments can sprain or tear. Depending on the type of injury, simple immobilisation of the wrist using a splint or cast can be sufficient for healing to take place within 3-6 weeks. Therapy, heat, and pain relievers are generally helpful in addressing the symptoms.

Diagnosis is complex and can involve MRI scans and x-rays, but surgery may be recommended in cases where the ligaments are completely torn and the carpal bones out of alignment. The ligament will be pinned into place or reconstructed using a graft from a tendon in the forearm.

Immobilisation is required following surgery and takes approximately 6 weeks. However, the thumb and fingers can be used during the healing period, which can be lengthy as ligaments can take more than a year to completely regain strength. An excellent physiotherapy program is essential to recovery.

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What our patients say

‘I am writing to comment about the amazing care and support that I’ve received before and after my two wrist operations. Firstly, Mr Sharma and his team, who operated successfully on both my wrists, doing a proximal row carpectomy.  I have almost full use of both my wrists with no pain. Mr Sharma has continued with good after op care ensuring that I have no problems. Thank you to the team. Much appreciated.’


Mrs G.S.

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