Ulnar wrist pain care at Mayo Clinic

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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.

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State-of-the-art CT and MRI help Mayo doctors find the source of your pain. If you require surgery on your wrist, minimally invasive techniques may be used, which help speed recovery.

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Mayo Clinic specialists helped identify a common but unrecognized cause of ulnar wrist pain — called an ulnotriquetral split tear. Mayo specialists also developed a simple physical test for initial diagnosis of this injury.

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Mayo Clinic specialists helped identify a common but unrecognized cause of ulnar wrist pain — called an ulnotriquetral split tear. Mayo specialists also developed a simple physical test for initial diagnosis of this injury.

Ulnar Wrist Pain

The all know try Quito ligament is located in a portion of your wrist opposite from your thumb. Also known as the UT ligament. It can be injured in a way that usually doesn't show up on x-rays or MRIs. If this ligament is twisted, it can split and tear lengthwise like a stock of celery. The exposed surface of the UT ligament gets irritated and inflamed. And this causes pain during use. To correct the problem, surgeons shave away the damaged tissue and then suture the sides of the ligament back together.

Mayo orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Berger, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his discoveries about ulnar wrist pain.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021–2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

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March 26, 2022