Wrist osteoarthritis

Matthew Member Posts: 3
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:10 in Living with arthritis

Hello & wishing you all well.

I am diagnosed with bilateral SLAC wrists and the Ortho specialist indicates that they are both at the full fusion stage. The first stage of treatment will be to try steroids then possibly deinervation. It is extremely daunting. I would be very grateful for any advice. My IT knowledge is not terribly good so apologies in advance if I am slow to reply. Many thanks and really hope things improve for us all.




  • CarylW
    CarylW Moderator Posts: 233
    edited 10. Mar 2023, 16:18

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  • Matthew
    Matthew Member Posts: 3

    Hello Caryl. Thanks very much for your welcome & link to the advice. very helpful.

    I hope to look into the prospect of total wrist fusion which I find quite daunting. I am told by the Ortho Hand specialist and the Hand physios that it largely removes the wrist pain.

    Best wishes Matthew

  • Ange66
    Ange66 Member Posts: 9

    Morning Matthew. I appreciate the prospect of surgery is daunting but I would suggest "don't delay!". I have OA in both thumb joints. It's excruciating and debilitating. I work as an operating department scrub and anaesthetic assistant. I know the business well. I was offered surgery to my thumb back in 2019 and decided against proceeding, one reason being my fear of surgery (even though I'm a health professional, familiar with the routine). I am now suffering excruciating pain and extreme difficulty in managing daily tasks. I'm sitting on a seemingly never ending waiting list for surgery. My advice, for what it's worth...take everything you are offered and definitely say "Yes" to the operation. You are probably already coping with a lack of dexterity and movement in your wrists but the pain will never get better. Good luck Matthew.

  • Matthew
    Matthew Member Posts: 3

    Dear Ange66.

    Thanks so much for your comments. Really sorry to hear about your thumbs. Greatly appreciate all your hard work in theatres. I worked in the NHS and have seen how hard you work.

    I think I will take your advice though it’s likely to be a hard journey as both wrists are affected (+one knee). A rock and a hard place.

    Hope very much that you get the operations you need as soon as possible. Thanks again & God bless.


  • rubysdad1
    rubysdad1 Member Posts: 7

    Likewise I have a date for trapeziectomy but prefer to avoid surgery.Are there any supplements eg Devils Claw that really do work to greatly reduce inflamation and pain?

  • gazrobbo
    gazrobbo Member Posts: 20

    Im the same with my wrists, cant grip things properly, my hands are just there for show, got occupational therapy soon about my wrists but don't want surgery as ive heard bad things

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