Wrist And Hand Instability Pain Specialist

Incline Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Colorado Springs, CO

Hand and wrist instability affects your dexterity, your range of motion, and can be quite painful. Patrick Devanny, MD offers accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to patients with wrist and hand instability pain. His years of expertise make him the ideal ally in relieving your pain and improving the function of your wrist or hand for a lifetime. Dr. Devanny and the health care professionals at Incline Orthopaedics are available by appointment. If you’re in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, call or book an appointment online using the convenient booking tool.

Wrist and Hand Instability Q & A

What is wrist and hand instability?

Hand and wrist instability occurs most commonly after you have an injury directly to these areas. Four main types of hand and wrist instability exist:

  • Ulnar translocation – when the small bones in your wrist shift out of the proper position
  • Midcarpal instability – when specific ligaments in your hand and wrist become more relaxed than they should be
  • Lunotriquetral instability – when you damage your lunotriquetral ligament
  • Scapholunate instability – when you damage the scapholunate interosseous ligament

Dr. Devanny can tell you what type of wrist and hand instability you’re experiencing based on the results of your scans. Once he discovers the cause of your discomfort, he will work with you to draw up a plan for your recovery.

What are the symptoms of hand and wrist instability?

If you have hand and wrist instability, you may notice chronic pain, stiffness, and weakness in the affected hand and wrist. Over time, this condition can lead to arthritis. For this reason, you should make an appointment with Dr. Devanny right away if you think you may have hand and wrist instability.

Can hand and wrist instability be treated?

The specific treatment recommended for hand and wrist instability depends on the cause of the instability. In some cases, Dr. Devanny may recommend conservative treatment measures, such as a cast to hold your hand and wrist still while the area heals. In other cases, he may recommend stem cell injections, which involves injecting stem cells into your hand and wrist to help with the healing process.

In cases where the damage to your hand or wrist is severe, Dr. Devanny may recommend surgery.

How can surgery help my hand or wrist instability?

The goal of surgery depends on the type of injury in your hand or wrist. In some cases, Dr. Devanny may move bones into the proper position during surgery. In other cases, he may need to repair damaged tissues, such as torn ligaments. He will explain the purpose of your procedure before you schedule it.

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

The recovery period following hand and wrist surgery varies. Depending on the specifics of your procedure, you may need to wear a cast or splint. You’ll also have activity restrictions during this time. Dr. Devanny will tell you what to expect during your recovery based on your unique case.