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Wrist FAQ

Question:

My mother had a fusion of her wrist because of arthritis. Will she ever get flexibility back?

Answer:

When a joint is fused, bone or graft is fused together to make a strong bond. As a result, the joint can no longer bend and move as it did before. This may greatly reduce the amount of pain that someone experiences, but it also makes movements more awkward. Unfortunately, right now, when a fusion is done, it is permanent and range of motion as it was before the pain and the surgery will not return. Arthur T. Lee and Jeffrey Yao. An update on the triangular fibrocartilage complex. In Current Orthopaedic Practice. September/October 2008. Vol. 19. no. 5. Pp. 509-514.

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