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At Casper Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained wrist doctors are the experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating wrist injuries and conditions.
Wrist doctors have special expertise that allows them to help patients coping with a wide range of wrist injuries and conditions. For example, people who work at a computer every day are at risk for pain related to repetitive stress, which can develop into a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Athletes are also at risk for repetitive stress injuries, and wrist doctors can treat both their existing injuries as well as help them develop new play strategies so they can avoid future wrist damage.
Wrist doctors can help people who have wrist pain due to arthritis as well as pain due to the wear and tear over the years. Other common issues wrist doctors treat are hyperextension and fractures. These injuries happen most often when a person falls and reaches a hand out to brace the fall, and in doing so, they cause their wrist to flex back unnaturally (hyperextend) or fracture. An experienced wrist doctor understands how to help these patients and can offer conservative treatments or wrist surgeries when required.
When Should You See a Wrist Doctor?
It's important to be aware of the specific issues surrounding your wrist pain so you can tell your wrist doctor specifically what you are experiencing. Sharing this information with your doctor can help him or her better understand what might be causing your pain and what treatments to offer. Here are some common symptoms that people with wrist conditions experience:
- Burning in the hand
- Difficulty straightening hands or fingers
- Inflammation that appears suddenly
- Lump that can be seen and felt
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain that radiates from the hand to the elbow
- Pins-and-needles sensations
- Unable to rotate wrist
- Wrist pain that worsens when moving the thumb
- Wrist spasms
If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing another type of wrist or hand pain, you may have one of the following medical conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- De Quervain's tenosynovitis
- Ganglion cysts
- Pinched nerves
- Scaphoid fractures
- Torn ligaments or tendons
- Triangular fibrocartilage complex injury
To treat your wrist condition or injury, our wrist doctors will exhaust all conservative treatment options before recommending surgery. Please be assured that if wrist surgery is necessary, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to perform the latest surgical procedures.
Our specialists understand that wrist and hand pain can alter your daily lifestyle and are dedicated to getting you back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Casper, Douglas, Riverton, or Worland, please call (307) 265-7205 or click on the Appointment Request button.
If immediate attention is required for your wrist injury or condition, you can visit our OrthoCare Now at our Casper location on Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Casper Orthopedics, Robert B. Allaire, M.D., Matthew E. Mitchell, M.D., and Steven A. Orcutt, M.D., provide compassionate, experienced orthopedic care for injuries and conditions of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, and elbow). When a doctor is fellowship-trained, it means they have completed an extra year of schooling that focused on a specific body part or area of specialty, like sports medicine. With this additional training, our wrist specialists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your wrist or hand condition or injury.
Working closely with our wrist surgeons, our specialty-trained physical and occupational therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our entire team is focused on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your goals and needs in order to get you back to your active lifestyle.
To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic wrist surgeons, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.