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Degenerative arthritis of the wrist 

Degenerative arthritis of the wrist
Degenerative arthritis of the wrist

Peter Burge

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date: 28 June 2022

The multiple joint compartments of the wrist show very different susceptibility to degenerative arthritis

Secondary, not primary, degenerative arthritis of the radiocarpal joint is more common, and non-operative treatment is often sufficient

Scaphoid-trapezoid-trapezium osteoarthritis is common and often asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic, non-operative treatment is usually sufficient

Pisotriquetral osteoarthritis is uncommon and often asymptomatic

Range of movement, features of pain and radiography are important in diagnosis

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