The wrist and hand are commonly injured in falls and during repetitive activities. The pain can come from joint arthritis, tendon inflammation and nerve irritation, commonly seen in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists use advanced examination and diagnostic tools to diagnose the source of the pain and prescribe therapies that will improve your function and reduce pain.
How we diagnose
A comprehensive examination is performed on every patient with a focus on ferreting out various problems that can cause wrist and hand pain.
Special manual training allows our physicians to diagnose small subluxations of wrist and hand joints that may be a previously undiagnosed source of pain. Gentle manipulation of these joints is frequently performed during examination for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Our physicians also examine the wrist and hand region with the help of advanced imaging techniques such as diagnostic ultrasound.
This technology is advanced enough to see inflammation of the nerves as typically found in carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and joint swelling that frequently cause acute and chronic wrist and hand pain.
Dynamic ultrasound can diagnose ligament tears of the wrist that in the past required an MRI with dye injection to see.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to examine wrist and hand pinched nerve problems, as well as a neuromuscular spasm condition known as upper limb spasticity.