At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of wrist injuries and conditions.
A wrist specialist is a doctor or surgeon who has extensive knowledge of the wrist and offers different orthopedic treatments to manage wrist pain. Examples of treatments provided include surgery for a wrist fracture, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sometimes a patient will make an appointment with a wrist specialist to treat their wrist pain and find out during the exam that they have a ligament or tendon issue, a compressed nerve, carpal tunnel syndrome, broken bones, or another wrist issue. If this happens, the wrist specialist can work with that patient to find the best solution possible, whether it is a type of wrist surgery or a nonsurgical option.
When It's Time to Seek Wrist Care
When you have wrist or hand pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences wrist issues differently, here are examples of common wrist symptoms you may be noticing:
- Difficulty straightening the hand or fingers
- Lump in the wrist
- Pain that radiates from the wrist to the hand or elbow
- Pins-and-needles sensation
- Unable to turn the wrist
- Wrist pain when moving the thumb
Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common wrist problems or injuries:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Compressed nerve
- De Quervain's tenosynovitis
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Ganglion cyst
- Kienböck’s disease
- Scaphoid fracture
- Stress fracture
Taking good care of yourself means seeing a wrist specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected joint. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with one of our wrist doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Hand Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your wrist or hand issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your doctor to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your wrist pain.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained wrist surgeons, Dr. David Everman, Dr. J. Christopher Gayton, Dr. Robert Leak, and Dr. Andrew Putman, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating wrist injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our wrist surgeons are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. At the same time, our surgeons will recommend surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your wrist or hand pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your wrist issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced wrist surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our convenient locations in Carolina Forest, Conway, or Murrells Inlet. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.