After an injury, patients can develop a decreasing range of motion in their wrist. Stiff wrist results as a consequence of swelling, pain, and scar formation occurring with significant adhesions binding various tissue layers.
When inflammation is present, the wrist capsule thickens, becoming less elastic and the tendons become trapped in developing scar adhesions. The radiocarpal joint and the distal radio- ulnar joint of the wrist can both be affected.
Stiff wrist is easier to prevent than to treat. An aggressive and early motion program is imperative to avoid permanent joint stiffness.