Ulnocarpal impaction occurs when the distal ulna and carpal bones, primarily the lunate, bump into one another and cause pain.
Ulnocarpal impaction occurs when the distal ulna and carpal bones, primarily the lunate, bump into one another and cause pain. This may be caused by positive ulnar variance, radial shortening from a previous distal radius fracture, or ligament tears. Pain is usually on the pinky side of the wrist and is worse with activities that cause ulnar deviation of the wrist. Radiographs may show positive ulnar variance, meaning the ulna bone is higher than the radius, and possibly sclerosis of the lunate bone or ulnar head from impaction. This also may predispose patients to TFCC tears. Conservative management consists of bracing and cortisone injections although often times a surgical procedure may be the best option if pain and dysfunction persists.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.