Scapholunate Ligament

By July 5, 2016Case Study, Ligament
Scapholunate Ligament

QUESTION:  A 32 year old man is experiencing pain on the back of his wrist when doing push ups. Strong gripping and lifting objects also aggravates his pain. He remembers falling on his wrist a few weeks ago, straining it  What should he do?

What is it?

The scapholunate ligament is a ligament that connects the scaphoid and lunate carpal bones together. It is an important stabiliser of the wrist when under load such as gripping and weight bearing. It can be torn from high energy injuries or falling on the wrist. Pain is felt at the back of the wrist on the radial side (thumb side). A tear to the ligament can cause widening of the joint and altered wrist kinematics and may lead to arthritis over time if left untreated.

Clinical Examinations
A X-Ray or MRI may be appropriate. Your hand therapist will let you know if this is required.

Treatment
Hand splints and exercises can help to improve stability and reduce pain. There are different types of hand splints available depending on the needs of the patient and how much support is required. You will also be provided with:

  • Pain management techniques and activity modification
  • Provision of a splint, if appropriate
  • Graded strengthening and proprioception exercises to help improve stability, coordination and strength in the hand and wrist

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Thermoplastic Wrist Splint

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Grenace Wrist Brace

Surgical Treatment

Surgical review may be required if there is substantial laxity in the wrist and if pain and symptoms are not resolving.  Your therapist will be happy to discuss with you and your GP whether referral to a hand surgeon is appropriate.

If you have any questions regarding a condition you have or to book an appointment, feel free to contact Hand Therapy here. We’d be more than happy to help.

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