Wrist Doctor

Our specialty-trained wrist doctors at Southern California Orthopedic Institute are internationally and nationally recognized for their leadership and training in the diagnosis and treatment of wrist injuries and conditions.

Wrist pain often occurs because of repetitive movements, or overuse injuries, and may develop into a more serious issue such as carpal tunnel syndrome with time. Another common type of injury that causes wrist pain is when a person falls and uses their hand (and wrist) to brace the fall and injures the small bones, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues that support the wrist. Additionally, bone degeneration due to aging or arthritis can also bring about wrist pain. Although there are many possible causes of wrist pain, you should seek out a wrist doctor who has experience diagnosing and treating wrist issues if you have wrist pain.

When You Should Visit a Wrist Doctor

Symptoms offer clues to your condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, you should make an appointment with a doctor to have them assessed:

  • Difficulty straightening or twisting your wrist
  • Difficulty straightening your wrist
  • Inability to carry, open, or twist objects
  • Increased joint pain, thumb pain, and tingling or numbness in the hand and forearm
  • Significant bruising in the wrist, around the joint, or over the forearm
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Tingling in your fingers, hands, or wrist
  • Wrist feels weak or unstable
  • Wrist pain when performing daily tasks

If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, you may be suffering from one of the following injuries or conditions that can be treated with or without wrist surgery by our expertly trained wrist specialists:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fracture
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s contracture
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Hyperextended wrist
  • Repetitive motion damage, or overuse
  • Scaphoid fracture
  • Strained or sprained wrist
  • Tendon or ligament pain
  • Trigger thumb, finger 

In an effort to stay up to date on all the latest treatments for wrist issues, we are proud to offer endoscopic carpal tunnel release, performed by hand and wrist surgeon Dr. David Auerbach. A minimally invasive procedure, endoscopic carpal tunnel release is designed to alleviate the tingling, pain, and numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome by targeting compression on the median nerve.

Learn More About Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release

Experience Excellence at Southern California Orthopedic Institute

Deciding on the best doctor or surgeon to treat your pain is important, and there is much to consider when choosing a wrist specialist for your hand and wrist care.

At Southern California Orthopedic Institute, you can be confident knowing our fellowship-trained wrist doctors are knowledgeable medical specialists with focused specialty training in wrist problems. With this advanced training and extensive knowledge, our wrist specialists will treat your individual needs with the highest level of expertise.

Through our Hand & Wrist Center, our wrist doctors take a team approach in assessing, diagnosing, and treating our patients. From our pediatric orthopedic specialist and sports medicine doctors to our specialty-trained wrist surgeons and microsurgery specialists, our hand and wrist specialists are skilled in delivering a wide range of treatments, procedures, and surgical techniques for a number of wrist conditions and injuries. To learn more about our Hand & Wrist Center, its internationally renowned wrist doctors, and the variety of conditions we manage at Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we invite you to review our patient education resources, Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine on our website, or use the quick links below. 

If you are ready for an expert opinion on your wrist issue and to discuss your nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with one of our wrist doctors in our Hand & Wrist Center, you can make an appointment online or call (818) 901-6600 or (661) 328-5565 for our Bakersfield location. We have convenient locations in Van Nuys, Bakersfield, Valencia, Simi Valley, Westlake, Beverly Hills, and Porter Ranch. You may use our My Choice resource to help select the right specialist for you.