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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The median nerve is a major nerve that allows parts of the hand to have feeling and movement. It enters the hand through a narrow channel, called the carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when excessive pressure is placed on the median nerve. This common condition can cause pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation in the hand and arm. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage.

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition marked by swelling of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. Tendons are tough, fibrous cords that connect muscle to bone and allow the fingers and thumb to move. Tendons normally glide through a sheath when your muscles contract, allowing your fingers and thumb to bend. When the tendons become inflamed and swollen, they can’t easily move through the sheath, causing irritation and pain.

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Wrist Tenosynovitis

Wrist tenosynovitis refers to a broad group of conditions affecting the tendons of the wrist. Tendons are strong, fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone. Tendons normally glide through a sheath. When the tendons become inflamed and swollen, they can’t easily move through the sheath, causing irritation and pain.

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Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU) Subsheath Rupture

Tendons are strong, fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. They glide through a tunnel, or sheath, when muscles contract. The extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) is a major tendon that connects the forearm to the wrist. Located on the ulnar side (small finger side) of the forearm, the ECU tendon runs from the elbow to the top of the ulna bone, where it’s held in place at the base of the small finger by the ECU tendon subsheath. A sudden twisting of the wrist can cause the subsheath to rupture, allowing the tendon to snap in and out of place

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Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear

The wrist performs a complicated set of functions. It rotates and moves forward, backwards, and side to side, all while providing a strong connection between the forearm and the hand. The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) helps give the wrist these abilities. Located between the radius and the ulna, the two bones of the forearm, the TFCC is a group of ligaments and cartilage that connect the forearm bones with the carpal bones of the wrist. The TFCC can tear due to overuse, an acute injury, or chronic breakdown of the tissues

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Hook of Hamate Fractures

The hamate bone is one of the eight small carpal bones in the wrist that connect the forearm to the hand. The hamate is a wedge-shaped bone located on the outside of the wrist on the small-finger side. It has a projection on the side of the bone called “the hook of hamate.” This hook is susceptible to a fracture from a direct blow to the wrist or a stress fracture from overuse of the wrist.

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Distal Radius Fractures

A common injury for athletes is a broken (fractured) wrist. The bone that usually breaks in the wrist is the radius, the larger of the two forearm bones that meet at the wrist (or distal) end of the arm

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Wrist Sprain

A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the wrist. Ligaments are bands of strong, fibrous tissue that connect the bones of the hand. They also provide stability and strength to the wrist. A wrist sprain occurs when the ligaments are torn or stretched too far

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