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Diagnosis of Wrist Pain

Your surgeon will evaluate your health history, perform a physical examination, and take x-rays to diagnose your wrist pain.

  • Medical history
    • Symptoms
    • Health
    • Examine
  • Exam affected joint
    • Range of motion tests
    • Joint-line tenderness
    • Joint deformities
  • X-rays

On an x-ray, a healthy joint appears as if there is a space between the bones in the joint. Although you cannot see the cartilage on an x-ray, in the healthy joint, the cartilage is working to cushion and smooth the movement of the joint. On the x-ray of a joint with osteoarthritis, there is bone on bone contact because the cartilage in the joint has worn away.

When non-surgical treatments such as diet, exercise, medications, supplements, and physical therapy fail, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend wrist replacement surgery.

You should discuss your condition and treatment options with your surgeon.


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