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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained wrist doctor in Wichita and Arkansas City is an expert in providing evaluation and treatment for wrist injuries and conditions.
Wrist doctors work with people who have wrist pain due to any number of issues, including arthritis, fractures, and nerve injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. They are dedicated specialists who have a deep knowledge of the wrist and how to treat it.
Wrist doctors often treat people with a tunnel syndrome. The term “tunnel syndrome” is used to describe a nerve injury that can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness. When the pain is primarily in the wrist and hand, the condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome. When a nerve in the elbow is pinched, it is called cubital tunnel syndrome, causing pain in the elbow as well as the wrist at times. A wrist doctor can diagnose these conditions and help the patient get appropriate treatment. In some cases, the treatment can be nonsurgical. Other times, a surgery, such as carpal tunnel release, is the best option.
If a wrist doctor needs more information or believes a patient has a serious injury, like a fracture, he or she will schedule tests or take X-rays in order to better understand the injury. After assessing the extent of the injury, the doctor will offer a recommendation. If it is surgery, the wrist doctor will educate the patient about the surgical procedure and what to expect before, during, and after the surgery.
Arthritis pain in the wrist can make many daily tasks challenging, from turning a door handle to opening a jar. Wrist surgeons and doctors can treat these patients, helping manage their pain so they can participate in life more fully and with less pain. The treatments can range from prescribing a wrist support, like wrist guards, to physical therapy, to orthopaedic surgery.
Wrist Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to wrist or hand problems and may be familiar to you:
- Pins-and-needles sensation
- Thumb pain
- Weak hand grip
Common Wrist Conditions & Injuries
A wrist doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following wrist or hand injuries or conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cyst
- Tendon injury
- Trigger finger
Exceptional Wrist Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita or Arkansas City, you’ll meet with our board-certified and fellowship-trained wrist doctor, Dr. Damion Walker. Dr. Walker and our other specialty-trained orthopaedic experts treat patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. They not only provide orthopaedic care, but they also have a deep commitment to patient education. They understand the challenges patients with joint issues face and know how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It’s important to know that our doctors and orthopaedic surgeons always strive to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through their diagnostic process, they will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment plan, such as physical therapy, exercise, medication, or a combination of these approaches, will be the best option for you.
However, if surgery is needed, our wrist surgeon will apply his advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. Whether you’re undergoing a wrist surgery, such as wrist arthroscopy, or another procedure, he’ll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation at our office, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our orthopaedic experts in Wichita and Arkansas City can assess and diagnose your condition and then consult with you about what treatment approach may be best for you. Sometimes, our wrist doctor may consult with other medical experts at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your wrist problem. This opportunity for doctors to share knowledge and perspective is just one of the many benefits of being treated by our physicians at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.