Wrist injuries and instability are notoriously difficult to treat. Study after study has indicated that wrist surgeries, replacements, and other invasive alternatives often have mediocre results, and can even worsen a patient's condition. These surgical treatments often necessitate further surgeries
Wrist replacements and fusions can be highly problematic for patients. While both these procedures may reduce pain in the wrist, they come with complications and impediments. Wrist fusions result in a limited range of motion, making moving the wrist more difficult and potentially prohibiting patients from returning to their normal routines. Full wrist replacements have lengthy recovery periods, and are really only ideal for patients with low physical demands on their wrist.
Chronic wrist pain is often the result of weakened ligaments. In the realm of sports, there are four types of wrist injuries: throwing injuries, weight-bearing injuries, twisting injuries, and impact injuries. The most common type of injury is impact injuries, which result from falling. These injuries can result in the development of more chronic conditions. The surgical treatments mentioned above are often recommended in light of these conditions, but these surgeries are not designed to treat ligament instability and weakness. Yes, you read that right. This means that in many cases, patients are receiving invasive surgery rather than treatments which are not only lower risk, but are likely to be more effective.
The best treatment for wrist ligament instability and injury is PRP and Prolotherapy, which you can read about. If you have chronic wrist pain, give us a call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dobbs to find out if PRP is the right treatment for you.