Wrist Injuries & Conditions

man holding injured wrist

Because of the wide range of motion needed to function properly, wrists are made up of several joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels – making it one of the most complex structures in the human body. This complexity makes the wrist that much more vulnerable to serious injuries and conditions, such as fractures, ligament tears, and more. While the wrist, or carpus, is made up of eight bones in total, the carpal bone is the most commonly injured. Like most extremity injuries, wrist injuries can range from very mild to incredibly severe, depending on the cause and type of injury. The severity of the injury will be a major deciding factor in when to see a doctor.

The following are the most common wrist conditions we see in our practice. Follow the links below to learn more details and information on each condition, including causes, symptoms, when to see a doctor, and surgical and non-surgical treatments.

If you need assistance determining your potential condition, our free Where Does it Hurt?® interactive tool can help. The tool will ask you to select your symptoms and, in return, will provide potential conditions you may be experiencing. This tool is not intended to be used as a diagnostic measure. To get an official diagnosis and a treatment plan, please make an appointment with Dr. Knight at The Hand and Wrist Institute‘s Dallas or Southlake office. Appointments can be scheduled online or over the phone.