The elbow, hand, and wrist doctors at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic deliver the specialized care Alaskans need to stay strong with offices located in Anchorage, Eagle River, and South Anchorage, Alaska.
Having wrist pain from arthritis, a sports injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, or another issue can have wide-ranging effects at home, work, and elsewhere. The good news is that a doctor who specializes in wrist care can offer you a diagnosis, provide a customized treatment plan, and ultimately, help you recover.
When you visit with a wrist specialist, the first step will be a thorough examination. This will allow the doctor to determine what's causing your wrist pain or limited wrist function. In some cases, imaging, such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may also be needed.
Wrist specialists treat a wide range of both complex and common conditions, including:
After diagnosis, you and your wrist doctor can talk together about treatment options. Wrist ailments are treated in a number of ways—sometimes through nonoperative means, sometimes through wrist surgery—and your doctor will counsel you on the best course of action.
When it comes to nonsurgical treatment options, our doctors might recommend medication, simple stretches, the use of heat and/or ice, compression, wearing a splint or brace, or even seeing a physical therapist. Our specialists strive to pursue nonsurgical forms of orthopedic care for our patients before recommending surgery.
If you do require hand surgery or wrist surgery, our fellowship-trained surgeons can perform the procedure you need, using the latest techniques to allow for the smoothest recovery and optimal range of motion. Additionally, our hand surgeons and other specialists can perform microsurgery, arthroscopy, and a number of minimally invasive surgical procedures to return strength and function to your wrist joint.
As part of your recovery, you may require hand therapy or physical therapy to expedite the healing process, which we offer as part of our comprehensive spectrum of care in addition to durable medical equipment.
A fleeting pain that lasts for only a day or two may be nothing, but if you have more serious symptoms, we would urge you to visit our practice so that we can diagnose and treat you. Some signs indicating you should pursue treatment include:
• Discomfort that does not respond to ice, heat, or compression that is made worse by these home remedies
• Limited mobility that keeps you from your responsibilities at home or at work
• Pain that is recurring
• Pain that lasts for more than a couple of days
• Tingling or numbness that emanates from your wrist or from your elbow
Additionally, if your wrist is injured in any kind of traumatic accident, whether a car accident or something sports-related, we'd recommend seeing a wrist or hand surgeon right away to rule out a fracture.
For urgent wrist and other orthopedic injuries, we offer our Walk-In Clinic.
As part of our world-class team of experts, our wrist surgeons at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic have completed additional training specifically in the hand and wrist to offer our patients the highest level of specialized care. With this advanced training, our wrist surgeons, Dr. M. Patricia Fox and Dr. Kurt Mentzer, have the expertise to treat your wrist injury or condition according to your individual needs and goals.
Whatever wrist problem you're experiencing, our specialty-trained surgeons will help you regain your strength and function. To consult with one of our wrist surgeons in Anchorage, Eagle River, or South Anchorage, please request an appointment online.
In support of our community and student-athletes, we are currently offering sports physicals for $50 (cash pay) at our Eagle River location. Walk-ins are welcome Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is needed.