Krista E. Weiss and Craig M. Rodner
Osteoarthritis of the wrist is one of the most common conditions encountered by hand surgeons. It may result from a nonunited or malunited fracture of the scaphoid or distal radius; disruption of the intercarpal, radiocarpal, radioulnar, or ulnocarpal ligaments; avascular necrosis of the carpus; or a developmental abnormality. Whatever the cause, subsequent abnormal joint loading produces a spectrum of symptoms, from mild swelling to considerable pain and limitations of motion as the involved joints degenerate. A meticulous clinical and radiographic evaluation is required so that the pain-generating articulation(s) can be identified and eliminated. This article reviews common causes of wrist osteoarthritis and their surgical treatment alternatives.
The Journal of Hand Surgery, Volume 32, Issue 5,