Arthroscopic Surgery for Dorsal Wrist Impingement Johnstown PA

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Brian Earl Gunnlaugson, MD
(814) 539-7417
321 Main St Ste 3C
Johnstown, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mem Univ Of Newfoundland, Fac Of Med, St Johns, Nfld, Canada
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Upmc Lee Hosp, Johnstown, Pa; Conemaugh Mem Med Ctr, Johnstown, Pa
Group Practice: Upmc Lee Regional Care Ctrs

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Martin M Dudas, DMD
(814) 535-8321
538 Vine St
Johnstown, PA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Trevor Wayne Yardley, MD
(814) 269-3251
411 Theatre Dr
Johnstown, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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George Hamilton Wheeling, MD FACS
(814) 535-6521
295 Beaver Ct
Johnstown, PA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pittsburgh
Graduation Year: 1961

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John M Burnheimer, DDS
(814) 266-1900
336 Bloomfield St Ste 103
Johnstown, PA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William Chua Go Jr, MD
(814) 467-6653
609 Somerset St
Johnstown, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1968

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Brian E Gunnlaugson
(814) 535-6521
321 Main St
Johnstown, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Edward B Hill
(814) 535-1600
1111 Franklin St
Johnstown, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Don Allen Lowry
(814) 255-6781
2 Celeste Dr
Johnstown, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Richard David Schroeder
(814) 255-6781
2 Celeste Dr
Johnstown, PA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Arthroscopic Surgery for Dorsal Wrist Impingement

Dorsal wrist impingement is an injury where the back of the radius (one of the forearm bones) hits against the wrist bones and traps the nerves. It's a common injury, particularly in sports like gymnastics, where the gymnasts place a lot of force on their wrists with hand springs and walk overs. However, it can also occur from a minor injury.

When a patient has a dorsal wrist impingement, there is usually pain on the top of the wrist, especially when the hand is bent back towards the shoulder, as when pushing a door open. Usually, the first treatment for the problem is injections of a corticosteroid to the painful area and rest. Unfortunately, not all cases respond to this and then surgery may be necessary.

There is no specific test to diagnose dorsal wrist impingement. It's not seen on x-ray or imaging, for example. So doctors have to rely on the patient's history of the injury and by ruling out other problems that may be causing the wrist pain. Dorsal wrist impingement has specific location of pain and this pain can be brought on by certain wrist movements. Also, if it truly is dorsal wrist impingement, corticosteroid injections should have helped relieve the pain somewhat - perhaps relieving up to 70 percent of the pain, for several weeks. So, in order to decide on surgery, the patient should have been treated with at least one or two corticosteroid injections and have rested the wrist for at least three months.

Patients who should not have this surgery are those for whom dorsal wrist impingement can't be absolutely diagnosed, as well as those who are in poor health, if a patient isn't compliant with treatments, or has an infection.

Following surgery, the wrist isn't braced or casted. In fact, wrist movement is encouraged and the goal is to have full range of motion of the wrist within two to three weeks of surgery. Strength rehabilitation begins once range of motion is full and patients generally are able to return to office-type work wit...

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