Ligament Injuries (Wrist)

The bones of the wrist move in a very complicated way in order to produce the variety of movement we expect from our wrists. Injury in the form of a fall, a twist, or in association with a wrist fracture, can damage these short, strong ligaments, giving rise to pain, weakness, reduced movement, clicking/clunking, and even early arthritis.

Diagnosis can be very difficult. There may be nothing to find on a clinical examination , even when performed by an experienced wrist specialist, and x-rays and scans can be normal. That means that these injuries are often not diagnosed in their early stages in spite of a proper assessment by an appropriate specialist.

Those injuries that are diagnosed in the early stages are usually offered surgery to repair the torn ligament. That treatment is not always straightforward, and complications after surgery can occur

More detailed information about ligament injuries in the wrist is available here