Ulnar-sided wrist pain: A critical analysis review

David M. Brogan, Richard A. Berger, Sanjeev Kakar

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»Ulnar-sided wrist pain encompasses a variety of pathologies including arthritis, tendinopathy, ligament injuries, and instability.»A careful physical examination can narrow the differential diagnosis, and adjunctive imaging may prove useful to confirm clinical suspicion.»The mainstay of nonoperative treatment is immobilization, hand therapy, and corticosteroid injections; surgical intervention is dictated by the specific pathology identified, recognizing that multiple pain generators may be present.»In the absence of distal radioulnar joint instability, when indicated, peripheral capsular repair of the triangular fibrocartilage complex may be an effective procedure for relieving pain. If instability is noted, foveal repair is advocated to restore stability.»Treatment of distal radioulnar joint arthritis continues to evolve as new implants and techniques emerge.»Ulnar shortening osteotomy, when indicated, can be a reliable surgical option to reduce pain and improve function.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1
JournalJBJS reviews
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019


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