Home|Journals|Articles by Year|Audio Abstracts

Original Research

SETB. 2009; 43(4): 159-163

Use of arthroscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic wrist pain

Ayhan Kılıç, Murat Gül, Atilla Sancar Parmaksızoğlu, Sami Sökücü, Yavuz Kabukçuoğlu.


Purpose: In this study, the efficiency of arthroscopic approach employed in patients suffering from chronic wrist pain was analyzed in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

Patients and Method: The wrists of 31 patients who had chronic wrist pain were analyzed in our study. Pre-arthroscopy diagnoses of the patients were compared to those following the arthroscopic intervention. Pre- and post-operative daily functions of 21 patients who were treated arthroscopically were evaluated using the Q-DASH-T questionnaire. Indicated pain levels were evaluated according to the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS).

Results: The mean follow-up period was 8 months (range, 4-12 months). Pre- and post-operative diagnoses from 24 patients (96%) were coherent. Twenty-one patients (67.7%) were treated using arthroscopic techniques. While the patients had indicated a mean pre-operative pain score of 6 (range, 4-8) according to the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the mean the pain score went down to 1 point (range, 0-3) following the arthroscopic procedure. The mean pre-operative wrist grip strength of 24 kg was found to be 26 kg after the surgery. The patients who received a mean score of 18 points in the Q-DASH-T questionnaire during the initial examination got 11 points in their final examinations.Open surgery was required in ten patients (31%) subsequent to the arthroscopic procedure.

Discussion and Findings: In conclusion, wrist arthroscopy performed on patients with chronic wrist pain was found to be efficient in the assessment of diagnosis and treatment while successful results were attained through surgery.

Key words: Wrist, arthroscopy, wrist arthroscopy, chronic wrist pain, triangular fibro-cartilage complex

Full-text options

Share this Article

Online Article Submission
• ejmanager.com

ejPort - eJManager.com
Refer & Earn
About BiblioMed
License Information
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Contact Us

The articles in Bibliomed are open access articles licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY), which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.