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Scapholunate Torn Ligament

If you suffer from scapholunate torn ligament, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Scapholunate Torn Ligament?

Scapholunate torn ligament, also known as scapholunate ligament injury or SL (scapholunate) tear, is a condition that affects the ligaments in the wrist joint. The scapholunate ligament is an important stabilizing structure that connects the scaphoid and lunate bones in the wrist.

When the scapholunate ligament is torn or damaged, it can lead to instability and abnormal movement between the scaphoid and lunate bones. This condition is commonly caused by trauma or repetitive stress to the wrist, such as a fall on an outstretched hand or repetitive activities that strain the wrist joint.

Indications Of Scapholunate Torn Ligament

The symptoms of a scapholunate torn ligament may include pain, swelling, and tenderness in the wrist. There may also be difficulty in gripping objects or performing activities that require wrist motion. In some cases, there may be a visible deformity or a “clunking” sensation when moving the wrist.

Treatments For Scapholunate Torn Ligament

Diagnosis of a scapholunate torn ligament typically involves a thorough physical examination, evaluation of the patient’s medical history, and imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI scans. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the injury and may include conservative measures such as immobilization with a splint or cast, activity modification, and physical therapy. In more severe cases or when conservative treatments fail, surgical intervention may be recommended to repair or reconstruct the torn ligament.

It is important to seek medical attention for a scapholunate torn ligament, as untreated or inadequately treated injuries can lead to long-term complications, including wrist instability and arthritis. A hand specialist or orthopedic surgeon will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and guide the appropriate treatment plan based on the individual’s specific condition.


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