Osteoarthritis of the Wrist

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, May-June 2007, Pages 725-746

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