Carpal Ligament injuries – Scapholunate ligament injury
What is it : There are a number of carpal ligament injuries that patients can injure, with the most common being a scapholunate ligament injury. That ligament joins two of the small bones in your wrist and if it is injured then the bones will not move together like they should. This causes weakness and stiffness and eventually arthritis. If diagnosed early then the ligament can be repaired or reconstructed. If it is picked up years after the injury, arthritis may have set in and you may potentially need a different procedure (see Wrist Arthritis).
Management : After reconstruction of the ligament, you will be placed in a splint for at least 6 weeks. You will then slowly start moving your wrist and gaining strength with the help of a hand therapist.