Wrist Doctor At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center
The wrist doctors at North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide range of wrist conditions and injuries. As a complex joint that connects your hand to your forearm, your wrist plays a crucial role in performing daily tasks and allowing for the intricate movements of your hand and fingers. When wrist problems occur, they can cause pain, weakness, numbness, and difficulty with gripping or fine motor skills, greatly impacting your quality of life. Our experienced orthopedic wrist surgeons and non-surgical specialists use advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment options to help you find relief from wrist pain and restore your wrist function. Whether you're dealing with a traumatic injury, a chronic condition, or a complex wrist disorder, our team is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care.
Signs You Need a Wrist Doctor's Strength of Experience
Wrist conditions can result from various factors, including injury, overuse, aging, and underlying health issues. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have a wrist injury or condition:
  • Difficulty straightening your wrist
  • Elbow pain in addition to wrist pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the hand and forearm
  • Pins-and-needles sensations
  • Unable to carry, open, or twist objects
Wrist pain, as well as any of the above symptoms, can have a significant impact on your daily life. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms for more than a few days or if your wrist pain worsens, you should schedule an appointment with a wrist doctor or surgeon. The doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following injuries or conditions:
  • A type of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain's tendonitis
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Ligament injury
  • Malunion
  • Sports-related injury
  • Sprain
  • Tendon injury
  • Trigger finger

Our Wrist Doctors

Kristen E. Fleager

, M.D.

Steven R. Niedermeier

, M.D.

Pat A. Peters

, M.D.

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Our Wrist Center Can Help You
At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options for wrist conditions, tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our wrist doctors always prioritize conservative, non-surgical treatments when possible, but are also highly skilled in performing advanced surgical procedures when necessary. Treatment options may include:
  • Physical therapy and hand therapy
  • Splinting and bracing
  • Medications for pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine therapies (platelet-rich plasma, stem cell injections)
  • Minimally invasive wrist arthroscopy
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • De Quervain's release
  • Wrist fracture repair
  • Wrist fusion (arthrodesis)
  • Wrist arthroplasty (joint replacement)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I see a wrist doctor?

    If you experience persistent wrist pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, stiffness, or difficulty moving your wrist or fingers, it's important to consult with a wrist doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Additionally, if you suffer a wrist injury or trauma, such as a fall or direct blow to the wrist, seek medical attention promptly.

  • What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common wrist condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, becomes compressed. This can cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the wrist, hand, and fingers, particularly in the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring finger.

  • How can I prevent wrist problems?

    To help prevent wrist problems, use proper techniques and ergonomic tools when performing repetitive tasks, take breaks and stretch regularly, maintain good posture, and keep your wrists warm. If you have underlying health conditions that affect your wrists, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, work closely with your healthcare provider to manage these conditions and reduce your risk of wrist issues.

  • What is wrist arthroscopy?

    Wrist arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a small camera (arthroscope) and specialized instruments inserted through tiny incisions to diagnose and treat various wrist conditions. This approach offers several benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including less pain, smaller scars, and faster recovery times.

  • How long does it take to recover from wrist surgery?

    Recovery time after wrist surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Minor procedures, such as carpal tunnel release or ganglion cyst removal, may require a few weeks of recovery, while more complex surgeries, such as wrist fracture repair or wrist fusion, may take several months. Your wrist doctor will provide a personalized recovery timeline and guide you through the post-operative care process, which may include hand therapy, to ensure optimal healing and results.