Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat hundreds of people with ulnar wrist pain.
  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic specialists were the first to identify a common but unrecognized cause of ulnar wrist pain. Mayo specialists also developed a simple physical test for initial diagnosis of ulnar wrist pain.
  • Advanced techniques. Mayo Clinic patients have access to the latest imaging and treatment technology. State-of-the-art CT and MRI help Mayo doctors find the source of your pain. Most ulnar wrist surgery at Mayo uses minimally invasive techniques, which speed your recovery.
  • Team approach Treating ulnar wrist pain takes cooperation by specialists in orthopedics, radiology, rheumatology, sports medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Mayo specialists work together to ensure that you receive all the expertise you need.
  • Time for you. Your Mayo Clinic doctors will take time to listen, discuss options and answer your questions about ulnar wrist pain.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers are investigating new ways to diagnose and treat ulnar wrist pain. You have access to the expertise of Mayo's clinician-researchers.


Ulnar wrist pain can be occasional or constant. It may worsen when you grip something or twist your wrist. Ulnar wrist pain can be hard to diagnose because it has several causes:

  • Split UT ligament. Even low-impact activity can cause the UT (ulnotriquetral) ligament, which connects your forearm bones, to rip apart lengthwise like a stalk of celery. The lengthwise split is often undiagnosed because it doesn't appear on X-ray or MRI. Mayo Clinic researchers were the first to identify a split UT ligament as a cause of ulnar wrist pain.
  • Swelling in the joint lining (synovitis)
  • Arthritis
  • Deteriorated soft tissue (degenerative tear)
  • Ruptured ligament
  • Dislocated tendon

Why choose Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.

Feb. 14, 2011

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