Degenerative arthritis of the wrist

Peter Burge

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

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Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

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Degenerative arthritis of the wrist

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The multiple joint compartments of the wrist show very different susceptibility to degenerative arthritis

Secondary, not primary, degenerative arthritis of the radiocarpal joint is more common, and non-operative treatment is often sufficient

Scaphoid-trapezoid-trapezium osteoarthritis is common and often asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic, non-operative treatment is usually sufficient

Pisotriquetral osteoarthritis is uncommon and often asymptomatic

Range of movement, features of pain and radiography are important in diagnosis

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Rheumatology

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