Ask Trevor CHT: should I get a wrist replacement?

Sam asks:

"My wrists are weak and painful. My hand therapist has suggested wrist replacements. Is that a normal thing now?"

Certified Hand Therapist Trevor says:

"Full wrist replacement surgeries, also known as wrist arthroplasties, are gaining popularity here in the United States as the hardware improves.

Unfortunately, they are still not perfected and few people are viewed as good candidates due to the cost, the 10-15 year life of the implant, and the 5-pound weight-bearing restriction that is in place for the rest of the patient's life.

Most hand surgeons in my area (Washington, USA) prefer to perform partial or even full wrist fusions. Full wrist fusions obviously limit range of motion significantly but allow for more weight-bearing." 

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Trevor Petrie, Certified Hand Therapist

Trevor Petrie is a Certified Hand Therapist with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington.

He has been helping people with hand and upper extremity pain and injuries since 2012.

Over the course of his career, he has treated hundreds of people with chronic pain stemming from a myriad of causes including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel and tendinitis. No two people experience these issues the exact same way, so Trevor strives to find the best evidence-based approach that works for each person’s individual needs in order to get back to living their best lives.