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Wrist

6 Articles

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Overview Nerves and blood vessels can be compressed in the space between your clavicle (collar bone) and your top rib.  This space is called the “thoracic outlet” and the disorders caused by this compression are collectively called thoracic outlet syndrome.   Causes Many conditions cause tho…

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Overview A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan lets doctors see inside your body.  Unlike x-rays that use radiation to show bony structures, MRIs use magnets and radio waves to show soft tissues.   Preparation You will need to remove glasses, jewelry, hearing aids, dentures, and other item…

Distal Radius Fracture Repair Surgery

Overview This open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery uses screws and a metal implant to stabilize a fracture in the radius near the wrist. The radius is the larger of the two forearm bones. Preparation The patient’s arm is positioned with the palm facing up, for optimal surgical acce…

Colles Fractures

Overview A Colles fracture occurs when one or both of the forearm bones (the radius and ulna) breaks just above the wrist. This fracture most often happens when one tries to break a forward fall.. Breaking a Fall A person who falls forward usually tries to break the fall by extending the hands an…

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Overview Pain, numbness and tingling in your hand may be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.  This condition arises when the space in the carpal tunnel of your wrist decreases or otherwise irritates the median nerve that runs through it. Causes and Risk Factors Any crowding of the median nerve can …

Carpal Tunnel Release – Open Surgery

Overview This surgery treats the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome by relieving pressure on the median nerve that travels through your wrist. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, your wrist and hand are anesthetized. The surgeon cuts a small incision in your skin at the base of your palm to…
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